News: Tropical storm Ophelia weakens, threat of coastal flooding and flash floods in US’s mid-Atlantic remains


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       Residents in parts of coastal North Carolina and Virginia experienced flooding after tropical storm Ophelia made landfall near a North Carolina barrier island, US.


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       The storm came ashore near Emerald Isle with near-hurricane-strength winds of 70 mph (113 kph), bringing rain and dangerous surges.

       The winds weakened as the storm moved north, with the storm’s centre passing into Virginia by nightfall, according to the US National Hurricane Centre. It did, however, continue to pose a risk of coastal flooding and flash floods in the mid-Atlantic region.