RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — At 6:20 a.m. Saturday, Tropical Storm Ophelia made landfall near Emerald Isle with maximum sustained winds of 70 MPH. Ophelia will continue to steadily weaken as it moves north through North Carolina today. The forecast remains on track.
Rain and wind will be the main story for Saturday across much of Central NC with rainfall amounts over 1″ possible for many. 1-3″ will fall in the Triangle. Higher amounts will fall along and just east of I-95.
Wind gusts peaked Saturday morning between 35 and 45 MPH. They’ll decrease throughout the afternoon and calm down significantly by sunset.
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This forecast was prepared by the CBS 17 Storm Team and is based on the latest information available and years of weather forecasting in North Carolina. It was not produced by a computer like many forecasts you find on the web, social media and smart phone apps.