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Tropical Storm Fay makes landfall in New Jersey with heavy rain, flooding fears

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 7/10/2020 Andrew J. Goudsward, Joshua Chung and Joel Shannon, USA TODAY NETWORK
a person sitting in a parking lot: Tropical Storm Fay is drenching Delaware Friday. © Chuck Snyder/Special to the Delaware News Journal Tropical Storm Fay is drenching Delaware Friday.

ASBURY PARK, N.J. – The center of Tropical Storm Fay made landfall near Atlantic City, N.J., Friday afternoon as forecasters warned millions about potential flash floods, soaking rain and high winds.

A tropical storm warning spanning hundreds of miles is in effect from southern New Jersey to Rhode Island, and Jersey Central Power and Light has reported large-scale power outages affecting tens of thousands across the state.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and is moving north at 14 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Fay was expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain Friday, with the possibility of flash flooding in parts of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England, according to the Hurricane Center.

a close up of a map: Forecast path of Tropical Storm Fay, which formed off North Carolina coast July 9. © National Hurricane Center Forecast path of Tropical Storm Fay, which formed off North Carolina coast July 9.

Forecasters say the biggest impact will be the heavy rainfall that will bring some flash flooding which could be life-threatening, as "rapidly rising flood waters may quickly inundate roadways and areas of poor drainage. Streams and creeks could leave their banks, flooding nearby properties," said the National Weather Service.

“We expect some pretty heavy winds, and we need people to be ready for that, and some flash flooding in certain parts of the city,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a briefing Friday morning.

The summer storm's impact on the city was expected to be ”pretty limited," but de Blasio said it would be a bad night for outdoor dining — the only sit-down service allowed at city restaurants because of the pandemic.

"Order in and keep helping our restaurant community,” he said.

President Donald Trump said the storm is being monitored and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was poised to help if needed.

Forecasters have also warned that isolated tornadoes and life-threatening rip currents are possible as the storm moves north.

Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Andrew J. Goudsward on Twitter: @AGoudsward

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