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Facing flash floods from Fay

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Fay at 9:50 p.m. Source.

Friday morning update: Fay's path has shifted enough that the NWS has taken down its flash-flood watch for eastern Mass.

The National Weather Service has posted a flash flood watch for the entire state for Friday afternoon through Saturday as tropical storm Fay approaches:

Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is expected across southern New England. The heaviest rainfall will occur Friday night into Saturday morning, where locally higher amounts may occur and cause flash flooding.

Significant flooding of urban areas and small streams is possible.

The center of the storm will likely miss us, instead running up along the New York border, but, of course, you never know.

The NWS adds a fun fact: Only six tropical cyclones (and two post-tropical cyclones) have come within 50 miles of southern New England in July since 1851; the last being Beryl in 2006.

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At least I can honestly say that I had "Cyclonic storms forming in mid-latitudes in July" on my 2020 bingo card.

Ugh.

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The track has shifted west, so eastern MA and all of RI are out of the flood threat.

Another fun fact: we've never had six named storms this early in the season before. So, yes, 2020 features the earliest "F" storm on record.

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As of 8am, here's the National Hurricane Center forecast:
https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at1.shtml?start#...

Be advised that storms like this can shift track quickly (and Fay already has) - and prepare accordingly.

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Just heard he cancelled his rally in Portsmouth.

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Am I the only person who had heard NOTHING about this storm until you read it here?

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But I am also an amateur weather nerd, so that may have something to do with it.

Also, it wasn't an official tropical storm (and subsequently named) until yesterday afternoon, and it's not a big blockbuster storm. It's not really surprising that it wasn't covered much until very recently.

It is newsworthy though. Earliest 'F'-named storm ever, as noted above.

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Other than being someone who needs to be aware of storms semi-professionally.

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I heard about it a few days ago, but a few friends and I have been jonesing to go camping for a weekend and none of the other states will let us, so the first day MA DCR re-opened the booking website, we jumped on a pair of sites at Clarksburg State Park which was as far out of MA while staying in MA we could get (0.5 mile south of the VT border and 10 mi east of the NY border).

Then this past week, we've basically watched the weather turn to shit right OVERHEAD of the park for the entire weekend. So, we ended up cancelling our reservations a day or two ago just before they finally named the storm.

Fuck Fay.

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As noted in other stories, I watch WBZ from 11 until the end of the weather forecast each night. This has been an ongoing story. Also, the humidity isn’t going away any time soon.

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