A brewing tropical storm is threatening to hit the East Coast with strong winds and life-threatening storm surges which could cause torrential rain and flash flooding.
It has been named Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 and is expected to become a tropical storm as it approaches the coast of North Carolina from Friday.
The storm, which has formed off the Florida coast, will be dubbed Ophelia once it is found to have wind speeds of at least 39 miles per hour.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) for areas including Cape Fear, Albemarle and Pamlico Sound in North Carolina as well as southern Delaware, southeastern Virginia and parts of Chesapeake Bay.
Residents in these areas have been told to follow the advice given by local officials while the warning is in place.