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Post-Tropical Cyclone Fay Moves Speedily North Bringing Heavy Rains and Flash Flooding


While moving inland on Friday night, Tropical Storm Fay weakened to a Post-Tropical Cyclone. Fay made landfall close to Atlantic City, New Jersey, at approximately 04:45 PM EDT on Friday, July 10. Fay brought torrential rainfall across parts of the Northeast United States (US). The tropical storm force winds reached outward 140 miles from the storms center. Despite downgrading, Fay is expected to bring one to three inches of rain to the Northeast US, with isolated areas of New York and New England receiving approximately four inches of rain throughout Saturday. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane Center (NHC), Post-Tropical Cyclone Fay will continue to move quickly in a north-northeastward direction throughout the weekend, and is anticipated to reach southeastern Canada on Sunday morning.


Post-Tropical Cyclone Fay’s Formation: Source

To-date there are no reported major injuries or deaths associated with Post-Tropical Cyclone Fay. The storm brought down hundreds of trees and flooded roads throughout the Tri-State area. New York City reported flooding in subway stations and downed trees across the area. Parts of the Delaware coast experienced wind speeds of up to 49 miles per hour (mph) on Friday, and heavy flooding along portions of its coastal roadway. As the cyclone moves towards Canada, the Northeast corridor can expect isolated flooding and continued heavy rainfall. 

FEMA Flood Safety: Source

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages individuals to take the necessary precautions and prepare for flash flooding. Flash floods can develop with little to no warning, quickly changing the surrounding area. FEMA suggested individuals seek higher ground, avoid walking or driving in flood waters, and  heed the warnings of local authorities. The Hagerty Blog Team will continue providing relevant disaster and incident coverage throughout the 2020 Hurricane Season.


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