Tropical Storm Ophelia made landfall in North Carolina near Emerald Isle on Saturday morning, September 23, 2023. The storm brought heavy rain, storm surge, and strong winds to the coast, knocking out power to tens of thousands of people.
Ophelia is now trekking up the East Coast, and is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware over the weekend. The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning for these areas, and residents are urged to take precautions.
Here are some tips for staying safe during Tropical Storm Ophelia:
Stay informed by monitoring the National Hurricane Center website and local news reports.
If you are in an area that is under a tropical storm warning, evacuate if ordered to do so.
Secure your home and property by boarding up windows and doors, and trimming trees and shrubs.
Have a plan in place for what to do if the power goes out or if you need to evacuate.
Stock up on food, water, and other essential supplies.
If you are driving during Tropical Storm Ophelia, be sure to use caution and slow down. Avoid driving through flooded areas.
Please stay safe and take care of yourselves.