(WTXL) — The pesky area of low pressure that crossed through the tri-state region last weekend found its way into the warm Gulf Stream of the western Atlantic, where it is now the season's latest tropical storm.
Late Thursday night, Tropical Storm Fay's center is 140 miles south of Ocean City, Maryland, and moving north at 8 mph. Its highest wind speed is 45 mph.
Most of Fay's rain and gusty wind are on the east side of the system, meaning the heaviest rain is avoiding the Outer Banks for now.
An expected north path will cause Fay to move parallel to the mid-Atlantic coastline. Modest strengthening is being forecast before reaching areas near South Jersey and the New York metroplex region late this week and the weekend.
Fay is not poised to create weather problems for the northern Florida and southern Georgia areas.
Fay is the sixth named storm of the 2020 hurricane season in the Atlantic and the earliest-forming "F" storm. Storm "Franklin" formed on July 25, 2005, and was the previous earliest-forming "F" storm before Fay popped up Thursday.