(WRIC) — Precipitation and winds from Tropical Storm Ophelia continue and the storm is expected to affect the Commonwealth through Sunday morning.
Tropical Storm Ophelia made landfall near Emerald Isle, North Carolina around 6:15 a.m. with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour. The storm currently is currently moving north at 13 miles per hour.
The system will enter Virginia later this evening and roll north through the state, more or less along I-95, crossing over us after midnight and then getting to Washington D.C. as a Tropical Depression on Sunday morning.
Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect along the bay and coastline (in orange). Much of the same area is also under a Storm Surge or Coastal Flood Warning. Inland, due to the heavy rain, a Flood Watch is in effect (green).
Wind and rain are going to be the story with system as wind could gust to around 40 miles per hour here in the Richmond area and up to 50 miles per hour or a little above along the coastline.
Rainfall amounts are expected to be 2-5 inches over much of the area. That could lead to some flooding issues, but it will be coming in waves and will be spread out over a long period of time.
Winds will peak midday through the afternoon, then start to drop when the center of the storm passes to our north will continue to drop Sunday.
The rain will come into the area and pass us in several waves. The heaviest rain looks to come in by midafternoon into the early evening.
Once the storm reaches us, we will be on the drier side of the system, allowing for clouds over us.
Sunday will be mostly cloudy with lingering showers possible in the area.