Fay’s impact a wet one with potential for flash flooding, forecasts say


Tropical Storm Fay is already the sixth named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, which is the earliest at this point in the year ever. The hurricane center said little change in strength is expected today and tonight. The NHC also said interests from the Carolinas to New England should be keeping watch over the system, which is now spinning near the coast of northeastern SC.

A tropical storm warning now is in effect from Fenwick Island, Del., to Watch Hill, R.I., including Long Island and Long Island Sound and Delaware Bay.

Steady rain does move out of the area Saturday morning, with most of Saturday featuring partly to mostly cloudy skies.

Forecasters say Fay's biggest threat to New Jersey is flash flooding - when heavy rain rapidly floods streets with bad drainage or causes swollen streams and rivers to quickly overflow.

Rainfall Outlook Eastern
Fay’s impact a wet one with potential for flash flooding, forecasts say

"Thankfully, in this case, it's a relatively weak tropical system, we haven't seen much rain lately, and the impacts will be relatively low", Kutikoff said.

President Donald Trump said the storm is being monitored and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was poised to help if needed. There could be rain as far west as York as the storm moves north, but rain totals are limited across the region due to the fast pace of the storm compared to normal tropical systems, he said. Weakening should begin after the center moves inland on Saturday. Two to four inches of rain are now expected, with locally higher amounts and flash flooding possible.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for southern Westchester. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center of the storm.

The agency noted that Fay is now moving to the north at around 12 mph and is located 40 miles east of Cape May, New Jersey. The warning area includes Long Island and the Long Island Sound in NY, forecasters said.

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