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Record-setting Tropical Storm Fay to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the Northeast

NBC News logo NBC News 7/10/2020 Minyvonne Burke
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Millions of people along parts of the Northeast can expect heavy rain and strong winds as Tropical Storm Fay continues on its path north while other parts of the country brace for excessive heat and humidity.

Fay is currently located about 90 miles south of Cape May, New Jersey, according to the 8 a.m. advisory by the National Weather Service. The storm has 50 mph winds and is moving north at 10 mph.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Thursday night that a tropical storm warning was issued for Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties and urged residents to avoid unnecessary travel.

More than 30 million people from Fenwick Island, Delaware to Watch Hill, Rhode Island are also under a tropical storm warning, along with New York City and Long Island.

Fay, which set the record for the earliest "F" named storm, is expected to bring heavy rain Friday. For the coastal areas and New York City, the rain should damper off by early Saturday morning but continue for New England for the first half of Saturday.

Those areas under a tropical storm warning should also expect gusty winds of 30-40 mph with isolated gusts of 50-60 mph. The strong winds and the rough surf could lead to some minor flooding along the coastal regions.

Isolated tornadoes are also possible over parts of New Jersey, southeast New York, and southern New England, according to forecasters.

Elsewhere, 71 million people are under heat alerts across the country due to hot and humid weather. Phoenix, Tuscon, and Las Vegas are among the areas under excessive heat warnings. Heat advisories are issued for parts of California, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico as well as the Southern Plains and Southeast.

Some of these areas can expect high humidity combined with temperatures that will feel like 100-103 degrees.

Over in Kansas, a severe thunderstorm watch was is in effect until 10 a.m. local time as a line of storms move through the area. There's a risk of hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes Friday, forecasters said.

Severe weather is also expected Saturday across parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri with the possibility of isolated tornadoes, hail and damaging winds.

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