Tracking the Tropics: Tropical Storm Fay forms in Atlantic off North Carolina coast

Tracking the Tropics

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Tropical Storm Fay has formed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina.

The sixth named storm of the season, previously Invest 98-L, formed Thursday evening.

As of 5 p.m. ET, Fay is about 40 miles northeast of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. Maximum sustained wind speeds are at 45 mph.

“Fay will move north, possibly strengthening a little before moving onshore and weakening quickly by this weekend,” Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Amanda Holly said. “This will not impact Florida.”

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the east coast from Cape May, New Jersey to Watch Hill, Rhode Island. That includes Long Island and Long Island Sound.

According to the NHC, Fay is expected to produce heavy rain near its track across the mid-Atlantic states. That could result in flash flooding.

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