Tropical storm Fay added a bit of speed and strength as it approached to land on Friday, and forecasters lowered their forecasts for rain and flooding hazards.
Fay was expected to bring 2 to 4 inches (5-10 centimeters) of rain with the possibility of flash flooding in parts of the Central Atlantic and southern New England coast, the US National hurricane center said in a morning report. This is lower than previous forecasts: 3 to 5 inches of precipitation (8 to 13 centimeters).
According to forecasters, the storm picked up speed on Friday morning, moving North at about 10 mph (17 km/h) and creating strong winds of 50 mph (85 km/h). Earlier observations showed it moving at 8 mph (13 km/h) with strong winds of 45 mph (75 km/h).
A tropical storm warning remained in effect from Cape May, New Jersey, to HIV hill and Rhode Island. The warning zone includes a long island and Long Island Sound in New York, forecasters said.
“Fay” is one of the earliest seasonal storms in the history of observations. The previous record was set by storm “Franklin,” which began on July 22, 2005.