An area of showers and thunderstorms that forecasters were scrutinizing all week has developed into Tropical Storm Fay off the coast of the Carolinas, adding to what has been an unusually busy start to the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. In its 8pm update last night, the National Hurricane Center said Fay was located about 70 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and about 140 miles south-southeast of Ocean City, Md. The storm was traveling north at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. A tropical storm warning was in effect for the coast, from Cape May, N.J., to Watch Hill, R.I., including Long Island and Long Island Sound. The formation of Fay yesterday afternoon, already the sixth named storm in the Atlantic this year, allows another record to be added to the book as it is the earliest named “F” storm to form in the basin in the satellite era, which dates back to the 1960s. “Fay will be a mostly heavy rain producer but could still bring wind gusts of 50-60 mph along coastal areas of eastern Long Island and over eastern coastal areas of New England,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist and lead hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said.
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