Tropical Storm Ophelia Forms Off North Carolina Coast

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The National Hurricane Center (NHC) confirmed a cyclone churning in the Atlantic Ocean had strengthened to a tropical storm on Friday, September 22.

Weather officials warned that coastal areas of North Carolina, Virginia should prepare for heavy rain, gusty winds, and marine hazards including storm surge.

Satellite footage shared by the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) shows Ophelia moving closer to the mainland on Friday. Credit: CSU/CIRA & NOAA via Storyful