(WNCN/WAVY) – A low-pressure system off the North Carolina coast has formed into Tropical Storm Fay, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday afternoon.
This is the earliest sixth named storm on record beating 2005’s Franklin by nearly two weeks.
However, Fay continued to move north Thursday night just off the North Carolina coast.
As of 11 p.m. Thursday, Fay was located 85 miles north-northeast of Cape Hatteras, NC with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Fay remains lopsided and somewhat disorganized with most of the storms and stronger winds north and east of the center.
Fay could strengthen slightly into Friday before moving inland on Saturday. The storm is currently moving north at 8 mph.
WAVY News 10 Chief Meteorologist Don Slater says the storm — for the most part — is going to miss much of Hampton Roads.
The system had been moving northeast toward the Outer Banks over the last couple of days after developing off the coast of southeast North Carolina.
The storm was currently moving north at 7 mph. as of 5 p.m. Thursday.
The heavy rain is on track Thursday night for the Eastern Shore. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Accomack County.
Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued from Cape May, NJ to Watch Hill, RI, including Long Island, according to the National Hurricane Center.
“Regardless of development, the system is expected to produce locally heavy rainfall that could cause some flash flooding across portions of eastern North Carolina,” NHC said.
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