Tropical Storm Fay sets sight on mid-Atlantic coast

James Marshall
July 10, 2020

Winds across Long Island are now forecast to peak between 30mph and 40mph during the storm, though wind gusts could potentially reach 57mph, according to the tropical storm warning. All residents should make efforts now to prepare property for tropical storm force winds and limited wind damage.

"Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for development, and a tropical or subtropical cyclone will likely form later today or tonight", the center said on Thursday.

Shortly after 5 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning for Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties, effective now until further notice. Scattered storms will be possible Saturday afternoon along a weak cold front/trough that will move through the area. The warning area includes Long Island and the Long Island Sound in NY, forecasters said. As a result, the ground is already saturated and some rivers and streams have higher water levels.

Up to 4 inches of rain will be possible.

Forecasters said that an area of low pressure located along the coast of SC now has a high chance (70 percent) of becoming a tropical or subtropical depression or storm in the next few days.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center predicts an above-average spate of named storms this year, in the 13-19 range, of which 6-10 are expected to reach hurricane status.

A system has to have winds of at least 39 miles per hour to be considered a tropical (or subtropical) storm and get a name.

Fay's tropical storm-force winds now extend outward up to 140 miles, primarily to the east and southeast of the center, the National Hurricane Center said.

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