Fay On Monday

Tropical Storm Fay is moving into Florida Monday, first crossing the Keys and then likely making landfall along the Florida Gulf Coast. Because of the storm’s expected track over Florida, Fay will most likely remain at Tropical Storm strength but a westward variation in the track could move the storm out over the warm Gulf waters and give it a boost.

The northward forecast track brings the remnants of Fay close to the Mid Atlantic region by the end of the week. A ridge of high pressure may hold much of the storm’s moisture to the south of Maryland or deflect it to the west but it is too early to have a firm idea of how the weekend will turn out.

The color satellite picture below and explanatory text are provided courtesy of StormCenter Communications.

The above image was taken by the GOES-East satellite at 1:15 pm EDT (17:15 UTC). It shows Tropical Storm Fay off the southern tip of Florida after the storm hit Cuba and the countries of the Dominican Republic and Haiti on the island of Hispaniola.

Additional Information:
• Tropical Storm Fay is located about 20 miles southeast of Key West, Florida with sustained winds of 60 mph, pressure of 1002 mbar, and moving north-northwest at 14 mph.
• Tropical force winds extend out up to 115 miles from the center of the storm.
• At least 77 people have been killed by the effects of Fay so far, with 30 people missing, in the countries of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

For the latest on Fay, check out our Hurricane Tracker at http://www.wbaltv.com/hurricanes/index.html

John Collins

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