The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday, July 9, issued a weather bulletin that a storm system off the North Carolina coast has developed into Tropical Storm Fay. As of the 17:00 (local time EDT) advisory, Fay is located at 35.5°N 74.9°W off the Outer Banks area with winds of 72 kph (45 mph) and moving north at 11 kph (7 mph). The storm is forecast to continue to track north over the coming days and make landfall in southern areas of New England. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for portions of the eastern Atlantic coast from Cape May, New Jersey northward to Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
Associated flooding, infrastructure damage, power outages, and transportation disruptions are possible in the region over the coming days. Up-to-date information can be found on the NHC website here.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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