Tropical Storm Ophelia is expected to lead to a rain-soaked windy weekend in Delaware on the first day of fall.
The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ noted the severity of winds from the storm that will stay offshore. Winds will be lighter in northern Delaware.
Rainfall amounts have been increased from the storm, with wind speeds nearing 60 miles an hour in Bethany Beach.
In response to the forecast, numerous outdoor events on a busy fall weekend were canceled or moved indoors. Airlines serving Philadelphia International Airport advised passengers that high winds could cause delays.
The storm comes after a period of nice weather in the region.
The Delaware Department of Transportation advised motorists about the potential for heavy rain and possible flooding across the state.
DelDOT noted that the current forecast from the National Weather Service indicates an inch or more of rain is possible through Sunday night with locally higher amounts likely in Sussex County. A High Wind Warning and Coastal Flood Warning are also in effect for Saturday in Sussex County. No Tropical Storm warning was issued.
In their usual warning, DelDOT advised motorists not to attempt to drive through high water. Storm-related issues impacting roads can be reported to the Transportation Management Center by calling #77. The line is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.