Expect rain and high winds along part of East Coast through weekend

Earliest reasonable arrival times of high winds
Earliest reasonable arrival times of high winds
National Weather Service

The latest tropical storm could complicate driving conditions along the East Coast from South Carolina to New Jersey between now and Sunday.

The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning, saying the as-yet-unnamed storm is expected to deliver high winds and coastal flooding from Cape Fear, North Carolina to Fenwick Island, Delaware through the weekend.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to make landfall northeast of Wilmington, North Carolina at about 2 p.m. Saturday.

The storm, which would be named Ophelia if it reaches tropical storm strength, is expected to include 3 to 5 inches of rain across North Carolina and Virginia. Between 2 and 4 inches of rain is expected in the Mid-Atlantic states on into southern New England through Sunday night.

The NHC said, "the center of the cyclone is expected to approach the coast of North Carolina Friday night and Saturday." The NHC said the storm was moving to the north at 7 mph Thursday night and is expected to take a northwest-north path later today.

So far, no states of emergency have been declared.