Tropical Storm Fay Forms Off Outer Banks Coast
Tropical Storm Fay has formed off the coast of the Outer Banks, with dangerous rip currents and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall expected into Friday (7/10/20).
At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, the National Weather Service reported that Fay had become a Tropical Storm, predicted to move quickly north overnight and depart the Outer Banks area by Friday morning. Impacts to Eastern North Carolina include periods of heavy rain overnight and occasionally gusty winds around 20-30 mph along the Outer Banks in the forecast.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect north of the Outer Banks, for Cape May New Jersey to Watch Hill Rhode Island, including Long Island and Long Island Sound.
The National Hurricane Center issued its first advisory regarding Fay at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, reporting that the storm is expected to produce three to five inches of rain along and near its track across the mid-Atlantic states into southeast New York and southern New England. These rains may result in flash flooding where the heaviest amounts occur. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area on Friday.
Fay is the sixth named storm of 2020, and the earliest tropical storm that begins with an “F” on record.
The next advisory from the National Hurricane Center will be issued at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday (7/9/20). This article will be updated as needed.