Ophelia, downgraded from a tropical storm, continued to drench the Philadelphia region on Sunday, leaving a trail of lingering power outages and the looming threat of coastal flooding.
While the storm’s ferocity diminished on Sunday, marked by milder winds and fewer torrential downpours, rain was forecasted to persist until Tuesday.
The National Weather Service lifted the flood advisory for Philadelphia, Southeast Pennsylvania, and South Jersey, including Camden County, shortly before 6 p.m. on Sunday. Reports of minor flooding emerged on sections of I-95, I-76, and the New Jersey Turnpike, as confirmed by AccuWeather.
Many who experienced power loss earlier in the weekend saw their electricity restored. In New Jersey, approximately 1,500 customers, primarily along the northern Jersey Shore, remained without power as of early Sunday evening, according to NJ Advance Media’s outage tracker. Additionally, around 1,200 Peco customers in Philadelphia’s suburbs were still grappling with power outages.
The East Coast bore the brunt of Ophelia’s impact, spanning from North Carolina to New York. The Jersey Shore, in particular, witnessed severe flooding on Saturday, accompanied by 60-mph winds and heavy rainfall that necessitated road closures in Atlantic and Cape May Counties.
Despite Ophelia’s disruptions, several events in the region had to be canceled or postponed. However, it failed to deter the Phillies-Mets game on Saturday or Camden’s major XPoNential Music Festival, which continued through Sunday.