SMYRNA — Officials continued to monitor the impact of Tropical Storm Ophelia throughout the state Saturday as multiple weather-related updates were issued.
At 11 a.m., the Delaware Emergency Management Agency said the National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory, high wind warning, high surf advisory, and high rip current risk for coastal communities.
High winds are expected into this evening and rainfall will persist over the next two days, the update said.
DEMA, along with county emergency management officials as well as the City of Wilmington, are monitoring the situation and prepared to respond, the update said.
The Delaware National Guard is being activated and will be in place to support any necessary operations by 1 p.m. on Saturday.
On Friday, emergency officials in Kent and Sussex counties met with town managers and local fire companies and first responders to assess needs and plan operations for the weekend, according to DEMA.
The Delaware Department of Transportation and and other state agencies are standing by to provide support as needed.
Major concerns are flooding in low lying areas in coastal Kent County, near Long Neck and Oak Orchard in Sussex County, as well as the potential effect of tidal cycles on flooding and water drainage across the region, the update said.
The area could receive up to two inches of rain or more in several areas over the next two days. Forecast winds are expected to shift from an onshore flow to a westerly flow by tomorrow, which could aid in draining back bays and other areas, the update said.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Division of Parks and Recreation has closed campgrounds in coast areas and some mobile home parks in Sussex County have had power shut off to prevent transformer inundation, according to DEMA.
At 11 a.m., DEMA said there were some reports of scattered power outages in several areas and providers are working to restore service.
There were reportedly 1,116 outages in New Castle County, 320 in Sussex and 40 in Kent.
Delaware State Police spokesperson Master Cpl. Amina Ali said at around 9:45 a.m. that "So far nothing significant has happened related to weather."
Cpl. Ali also said there had been "some expected wet roadway crashes."