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Tropical Storm Fay Forecast To Drench Northeast This Weekend

Tropical Storm Fay satellite image
NOAA

Tropical Storm Fay, the sixth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, is poised to move through the mid-Atlantic before drenching the Northeast this weekend.

As of 8 a.m., Fay – which originated as a low-pressure system in the northern Gulf of Mexico earlier this week – was located about 55 miles south-southeast of Ocean City, Md., and moving to the north at 10 mph, according to the National Hurricane center. Maximum sustained winds are 50 mph with higher gusts.

A tropical storm warning has been issued from Fenwick Island, Del., to Watch Hill, R.I.

Forecasters expect Fay to gain speed over the next couple of days, moving near the mid-Atlantic coast today and inland tonight or Saturday on a track toward the Northeast.

While Fay is forecast to weaken once it passes over land, it is still expected to dump 2-4 inches of rain – and isolated totals of 7 inches -- in areas including Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Delaware, New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, southeastern New York and southern New England. The rain could result in flash flooding and possible tornadoes.