TROPICAL STORM FAY STARTING TO WEAKEN AS THE STORM MOVES UP THE NEW JERSEY COAST…SUSTAINED WINDS NOW DOWN TO 50 MPH…TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR THE CONNECTICUT COAST…FLOOD WATCHES REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR THE REST OF THE STATE…
At 5:00 PM Tropical Storm Fay was located at 39.5 N 74.3 W or approximately 90 miles south of New York City. T.S. Fay has maximum sustained winds of 50 MPH and is moving to the north at 14 MPH. Easterly winds along the Connecticut coast are currently sustained at 15 – 25 MPH with gusts to 30 MPH at times. Winds are gusting to 40 MPH at times on Long Island. Eversource and UI are currently reporting 388 customers without power across the state.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is forecasting that Fay will slowly weaken over the next 6 hours as the Tropical Storm starts to move over land and over New York City around 9:00 PM. Fay will then move north just west of the NY / CT border between 10:00 PM and 2:00 AM Saturday morning.
On this track the heaviest rain is now expected to remain just to the west of Connecticut. Western CT can now expect 1” – 2” of rain with slightly less rainfall expected in eastern CT. Flood watches remain in effect for the entire state. Winds are forecast to gust to 45 – 55 MPH along the southwest coast and 35 – 45 MPH inland this evening between 8:00 PM and 2:00 AM. A minor number of power outages are expected to occur. As with most tropical systems there is also a chance for an isolated tornado (2% for the entire state). T.S. Fay is forecast to depart the state by daybreak on Saturday.
The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will continue to closely monitor Tropical Storm Fay this evening. However this will be the final update unless the forecast changes.