MIAMI – Tropical Storm Fay slightly increased in speed and strength as it approaches land, and forecasters reduced their forecasts for precipitation and flooding.
Fay is anticipated to stop 2 to 4 inches of rain and possible flash floods in parts of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England, the National Hurricane Center reported. That represents a reduction from previous forecasts of 3 to 5 inches of precipitation.
The storm picked up speed on Friday morning, moving northward at about 10 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. Previous observations recorded that the atmospheric phenomenon was moving at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect from Cape May, New Jersey, to Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The alert includes Long Island and the Long Island Sound in New York, forecasters noted.