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.