Tropical Storm Fay is forming off the coast of North Carolina with winds up to 45 mph and is expected to move to the north on Thursday afternoon. It will strengthen on Friday as it is forecasted to move towards the East Coast and New York.
Fay is the earliest and firstmost tropical storm that begins with an “F” on record. The previous record was set on July 21, 2005.
Currently the storm is situated around 40 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Over the next 24 to 48 hours, Tropical Storm Fay will move along the Eastern Seaboard and most likely make landfall near New Jersey and Long Island late Friday. Also Read– Scientists say Siberia’s weather is an “alarming sign”
Tropical Storm Fay brings heavy rain and strong winds
“We’ve been watching the center of this system move across Georgia and the Carolinas for a few days now,” CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward says. “As the center moves offshore of North Carolina and hugs the coast, it will be able to tap into the warm waters of the Gulf Stream and could strengthen slightly.”
“A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from Cape May, New Jersey northward to Watch Hill, Rhode Island, including Long Island and Long Island Sound,” the National Hurricane Center said.
Tropical Storm Fay warnings mean the storm is expected in those areas within 36 hours. “Fay is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches of rain along and near the track of Fay across the mid-Atlantic states into southeast New York and southern New England,” the National Hurricane Center said.
The storm will also bring with it winds up to 40-50 mph along the coast, beach erosion, and coastal flooding.
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“Residents along the mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts should expect conditions similar to a Nor’easter,” according to Ward. “Bands of rain and gusty winds will bring the potential for coastal flooding, beach erosion and rip currents from Thursday to Saturday.”