NORFOLK, Va. — Tropical Storm Fay is pulling away from our area Friday morning and heading north, where tropical storm warnings are in place.
Fay, the sixth storm of the year, became a tropical storm off the coast of the Outer Banks on Thursday afternoon.
Fay is not expected to strengthen much more before moving over land.
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As of 5 a.m. Friday, Tropical Storm Fay Tropical Storm Fay is located just offshore of the mid-Atlantic coast.
Tropical storm conditions are expected along portions of the mid-Atlantic and northeast coast today and tonight.
It is highly important to keep in mind that this will NOT be a high impact event for our region.
Recent model trends keep the heaviest, more widespread rain east and offshore. However, we do expect some pockets of heavier downpours to be a possibility, especially for coastal locations. Rough surf and rip currents will also be an issue lingering behind the storm as it exits early Friday morning.
Fay is now the earliest "F" named storm on record in the Atlantic basin, beating the previous record-holder (Franklin in 2005) by nearly two weeks. The silver lining so far, is that to date all of the storms this year have stayed rather weak.
No hurricanes have formed yet in 2020 in the Atlantic basin.