Storm Surge Videos From TS Ophelia Are Pretty Terrifying

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Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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Tropical Storm Ophelia brought heavy rains and storm surge flooding to North Carolina and other parts of the east coast Saturday, with heavy weather continuing into Monday.

Travel advisories were issued up and down the I-95 corridor from North Carolina to New York City as Ophelia moved northwards through the weekend, according to AccuWeather. Strong wind gusts hit parts of North Carolina, particularly Wrightsville Beach, at speeds of 80 mph, cutting power to tens of thousands of customers and bringing a storm surge through the coastal region.

It’s crazy how quickly the waters rose throughout coastal North Carolina, showing precisely how vulnerable we are to the whims of the weather. Let’s hope nothing harder hits us as hurricane season continues.

Footage from Cedar Island shows more than a foot of water rising over the roadways at around 5:20 p.m. on Friday, as shared by Bryce Shelton.

In Belhaven, North Carolina, along the Pungo River, intensive flooding from a storm surge was further compounded by rainfall from Ophelia, bringing waters to almost the front door of many high-foundation homes.

A police officer in Greenville, North Carolina, fought to rescue a dog that was tied to a fence, and inches away from drowning, as Ophelia hit, according to AccuWeather. The office was successful and the dog was saved. (RELATED: Tropical Storm Philippe Hits The Atlantic As Ophelia Causes Mass Flooding)

Winterville was also hit by high waters, so one man took it upon himself to inspect the damage from his kayak, as shared by AccuWeather.

Additional footage shared online by WeatherNation shows huge waves hitting New Jersey on Sunday as Ophelia moved further north.