Tropical Storm Fay lashes north-eastern U.S. with torrential rain

James Marshall
July 12, 2020

A fast-moving tropical storm dumped over 3 inches of rain on parts of southern and northern N.J. Friday afternoon leaving a section of Elizabeth underwater.

On Friday night the storm will weaken and the rain will be more scattered as Fay moves inland, heading into upstate NY and parts of New England.

In the latest Tropical Outlook from the Miami, Florida - based National Hurricane Center, no tropical cyclones of any kind are expected anywhere in the Atlantic hurricane basin over the next 5 days. On the forecast track, the centre of the system will continue to move across portions of eastern NY, northwestern New England, reaching Atlantic Canada Saturday night into Sunday.

The forecast track put the depression over portions of eastern NY later Saturday, then moving into western New England and southeastern Canada. It weakened once it hit land and was expected to quickly become a post-tropical low, then dissipate on Sunday, forecasters said.

On Friday morning, flash flooding struck Delaware, Maryland and the New Jersey shore, where some areas are seeing as much as 6 inches of rain.

Whatever flooding the storm brings will be from its rains and not from wind-driven coastal surges, Ms Pagano added.

The storm was moving north Friday evening at about 14 miles per hour (22 kph) and producing top sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph), forecasters said. It means the force winds from the tropical storm will extend outward to a maximum of 220 kilometers or 140 miles from its center. One died, and four were hospitalized.

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 first named storm, Tropical Storm Arthur, already appeared in mid-May, getting the jump on the season's "official" start of June 1st, as did Tropical Storm Bertha soon after.

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