Tropical Storm Fay to Impact the Hudson Valley

Tropical Storm Fay to Impact the Hudson Valley

"The heavier rain in our area will be western MA/CT, and the best chance of flooding issues may remain west of southern New England", the weather service tweeted Friday morning.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from Fenwick Island, Delaware, up through to Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

Fay's formation Thursday means it is the earliest sixth-named storm on record, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

This map shown on the Weather Channel displays the projected path of Tropical Storm Fay.

The system, now impacting the SC coast, is producing heavy rain, including offshore. As the center of the system moves inland, the storm is forecast to weaken. Current track estimates suggest it will make landfall in the U.S. East Coast sometime on Friday.

There is no other tropical storm activity in the Atlantic but this one spun up quickly. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles [220 km] primarily to the east and southeast of the center. That frictional resistance would limit strengthening.

The agency noted that Fay is now moving to the north at around 12 mph and is located 40 miles east of Cape May, New Jersey.

The storm will continue to crawl up the coast, impacting the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Downpours can be heavy enough to lead to urban flooding problems. It should clip New Jersey midday Friday before powering up the coast for NY and Long Island Saturday and weakening over Vermont.

Boston and Springfield could see some showers and fog Saturday morning and a chance of rain in the afternoon, with temperatures reaching the mid-80s during the day, the weather service said. This is unfortunate, as this is the area that needs the rain the most.

In the wake of the tropical feature along the Atlantic coast this week, a similar setup could allow yet another tropical system to slowly brew in roughly the same area next week.

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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