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Tropical Storm Fay made landfall in New Jersey Friday evening, and as of 8 p.m. was boasting winds of 70 km/h as it gradually inched inland.
Some localized flash flooding was reported in the region, and in all, the storm is expected to bring 50-100 mm of rainfall to a stretch of the country's east coast from Delaware to parts of New England, with isolated local amounts of 150 mm.
"Additional weakening is expected tonight, especially after Fay moves farther inland," the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Friday evening. "Fay is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by Saturday morning and dissipate on Sunday."
EASTERN CANADA IMPACTS
Though, as mentioned, Fay will likely no longer be a tropical storm by the time it begins to impact Canada Saturday, its remnants will still hold a fair bit of moisture.
Presently, it looks like much of Quebec and parts of eastern Ontario are on track for some 20-40 mm over the weekend -- not anything like what the U.S. East Coast has seen from this storm, but not insignificant, given the prolonged dry stretch that has gripped both provinces for the past few weeks.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center predicts an above-average spate of named storms this year, in the 13-19 range, of which 6-10 are expected to reach hurricane status. The season has already had quite an active start.
The first named storm, Tropical Storm Arthur, already appeared in mid-May, getting the jump on the season's "official" start of June 1st, as did Tropical Storm Bertha soon after.
Tropical Storm Cristobal, boosted by the remnants of a storm in the Pacific, roared back to life right on schedule in early June in the Bay of Campeche, and aside from bringing extreme rainfall to Central America, the moisture from its remnants reached deep into North America.
Lacklustre Tropical Storm Dolly rounded out the June tally, while early in July, Edouard became the earliest fifth-named storm on record.