Tropical Storm Ophelia: How Will It Affect Long Island?

Tropical Storm Ophelia

Tropical Storm Ophelia is set to affect Long Island this weekend, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The storm is set to make landfall in the Carolinas, with Long Island being affected by the northern side of the storm.

Tropical Storm Ophelia Will Bring A ‘Wet And Windy Weekend’

“We’re talking about a wet and windy weekend,” the National Weather Service told the Press. “We should start to see rain although spread the island overnight tonight into Saturday morning. We will see a steady rain continue through the morning and through the afternoon — we’re not expecting any sort of severe thunderstorm threat. The peak of the rain will fall through the afternoon and then start to taper as we get into the evening hours and become more showery, and that’ll probably continue with showers Saturday night, through the day on Sunday and perhaps even into the first part of the work week as well.”

The weather service predicted that Tropical Storm Ophelia would drop between two and three inches of rain on Long Island.

Flash flooding is a possibility — although the NWS said it is not a major concern — and road conditions will likely be hazardous due to the heavy rainfall.

Winds will likely be around 10 and 20 miles per hour, with potential peaks between 30 and 40. Along the coastline, the gusts could be above 40 miles per hour.

“We can’t rule out a few power outages from that,” the NWS added. “It’s going to be fairly akin to a spring nor’easter, minus the potential for wintry weather or anything like that.”

There could be coastal flooding near Long Island’s more vulnerable areas.

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The Town of Hempstead announced that its Storm Response Team was prepared to deal with Tropical Storm Ophelia.

Surf conditions off of Long Island’s coast will likely be hazardous this weekend as well.