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QuoteA subtropical storm that's been quietly strengthening off the East Coast most of the week reached tropical storm status Friday afternoon, just in time to ruin New York and New Jersey weekends with a steady rain and hazardous gusty winds.Tropical Storm Ophelia's most hazardous conditions will make landfall on North Carolina and Virginia, but the storm is big — about 380 miles across east to west and 296 miles north to south in terms of the extent of its winds. It's slated to gradually move northward after making landfall.
QuoteNational Weather Service meteorologists expect New Jersey to see tougher conditions relative to downstate New York, but this entire region will likely encounter tropical-storm-force wind gusts. They said, given it's autumn and most leaves are yet to fall, the timing of this storm carries an extra risk of large branches falling, which is a danger to people and power lines."You typically see a little bit more tree damage when you have full leaves on the trees than if it's in the middle of winter and you don't have any leaves," said Sarah Johnson, a warning coordination meteorologist at NWS Mount Holly. The leaves make the branches heavier and more likely to catch the wind.Ophelia will also deliver storm surge, high surf and rip tides — with the risks being greatest in South Jersey but still present around New York coastal areas.Another thing people should know about Ophelia is that it started off with cooler temperatures than a typical tropical storm, but that didn't stop it from rapidly strengthening due this year's stretch of abnormally warm ocean water.