Jul 15, 2020

Tropical Storm Fay Heads North

Tropical Storm Fay moved quickly up the East Coast on a path expected to soak the New York City region.

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Beaches in Delaware and shore town streets flooded in New Jersey as Tropical Storm Fay moved up the East Coast. 

The storm system was expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain, with the possibility of flash flooding in parts of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in a 2 p.m. advisory. 

Several beaches in Delaware were temporarily closed because of the storm and police in Ocean City asked drivers to avoid southern parts of the tourist town due to flooding. Some streets in the New Jersey shore towns of Sea Isle and Wildwood were flooded, reported Phys.org

The Tropical Storm Warning has been discontinued south of Great Egg Inlet, New Jersey, including southern Delaware Bay, according to forecasters.

"We expect some pretty heavy winds, and we need people to be ready for that, and some flash flooding in certain parts of the city," said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at a briefing Friday morning. "If you were going to go out tonight, instead order in and keep helping our restaurant community.”

The storm was moving north Friday afternoon at about 12 mph and producing top sustained winds of 60 mph, reported forecasters. 

Fay is the earliest sixth-named storm on record, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

Two named storms formed before the official Jun. 1 start of the hurricane season, reported Phys.org, and none of the season's previous five named storms strengthened into hurricanes.

Key messages for Tropical Storm Fay can be found in the Tropical Cyclone Discussion here.

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