Tropical Storm Fay moving away from NC coast

Tracking the Tropics

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The area of low pressure that developed into Tropical Storm Fay Thursday afternoon continued to move north Thursday night just off the North Carolina coast. This is the same area of low pressure that brought rain to central North Carolina this week as it tracked across Georgia and South Carolina.

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.

The system had been moving northeast towards the Outer Banks over the last couple of days after developing off the coast of southeast North Carolina.

This is the earliest sixth named storm on record beating 2005’s Franklin by nearly two weeks.

“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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