What to Know
- A tropical storm warning was issued for the entire tri-state area ahead of Fay's anticipated landfall Friday
- Tropical Storm Fay is developing off the coast of North Carolina, and is expected to make its way up the coast to hit the tri-state Friday; it could be the first tropical storm to make landfall in the region since 2011
- That system is expected to impact parts of the region with gusty winds, dangerous surfs and tropical downpours, which could lead to flash flooding late Friday and into Saturday
A tropical storm warning was issued for the entire tri-state area ahead of Tropical Storm Fay's expected landfall on Friday.
Fay, a system developing off the coast of North Carolina, has the potential to become the first tropical storm to make landfall in the region since Irene in 2011, threatening to bring gusty winds and flash floods to parts of the region to start the weekend.
The storm continued to gain strength and was elevated to a tropical storm late Thursday afternoon. It is expected to impact nearly all of the tri-state with gusty winds, intense surfs and tropical downpours, which could lead to flash flooding late Friday into Saturday, Storm Team 4 says.
A widespread 1 to 3 inches of rain could fall, with up to 4 inches possible locally. Wind gusts up to 50 mph can be expected Friday night as well, along with dangerous rip currents and waves as high as 10 feet tall. A flash flood watch was issued for the entire tri-state area through Friday night.
Despite not having made landfall yet, Fay is already setting records. According to the National Hurricane Center, July 9 marks the earliest a storm has been named starting with F (given to the sixth named storm of the year) in recorded history.
The storm won't bring much relief to the uncomfortable air. It's expected to stay near 90 and humid for the next 10 days, though the mercury may not climb as high as it did Monday, when Central Park hit 96, its hottest since July 1, 2018.
And while Thursday's heat wasn't a high for the year, it still felt like one of the most uncomfortably hot days of 凤凰棋牌 thus far. Temperatures climbed to around 90 degrees during the day — but the intense humidity made it feel like the mid to upper 90s.
With pools still closed, New York City has installed nearly 35,000 air conditioners for low-income seniors and has 145 cooling centers ready to reopen with COVID precautions in place. It plans to open more in the coming days and weeks.
By 1 p.m., the "feels like" temperatures had topped 100 degrees in parts of New York and New Jersey. Heat advisories were issued for parts of the Hudson Valley and northeastern New Jersey until the evening, when temperatures somewhat mercifully went back down into the upper 70s after nightfall.
Temperatures will fall about 10 degrees, to around 80 on Friday, but heat won't be the main focus for that day.
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