Tropical Storm Fay edges north from off North Carolina coast

Tropical Storm Fay edges north from off North Carolina coast

Tropical Storm Fay edges north from off North Carolina coast

Tropical Storm Fay, the earliest sixth-named storm in modern history, strengthened off the eastern US coast early Friday and threatens to bring severe conditions to several areas this weekend.

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.

As the tropical storm picks up speed and strength, forecasters are warning that much of Western Massachusetts may be hit with intense rainfall and flash flooding.

The 6th named tropical system of the year formed Thursday afternoon. © Frank Franklin Ii/AP A cyclist uses a plastic rain as protection from rain brought by Tropical Storm Fay, July 10, 2020, in NY. Thanks for checking into your First Alert Forecast which, at least initially, hinges on the gradual northward progress of a tropical or subtropical low pressure system near the Outer Banks. The storm could stay further out to sea or move inland.

The bulk of the storm will move slowly through Eastern New York and Western New England before it pushes into Canada Saturday afternoon.

There is no other tropical storm activity in the Atlantic but this one spun up quickly. That frictional resistance would limit strengthening.

Winds could hit 50 miles per hour in New Jersey, but Martrich labeled the wind impact of the west side of the Delaware River as "breezy" in his morning forecast video. In contrast, he said, the past few weeks have been relatively dry, making this storm's impact much less worrisome.

The downpours will likely create flooding in some areas.

Around nine people were rescued from the Atlantic Ocean near Long Beach on Long Island on Thursday, officials told ABC News.

Several beaches in DE had been temporarily closed because of the storm. This will add to the cloud cover and make the afternoons slightly more comfortable and just below Heat Advisory levels. This is unfortunate, as this is the area that needs the rain the most.

"Residents along the mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts should expect conditions similar to a Nor' easter", according to Ward.

AccuWeather is projecting a busy season ahead with 14 to 20 named tropical storms, seven to 11 hurricanes and four to six major hurricanes.

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