NHC: “this system is likely to become a tropical depression or storm later today or tonight”

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UPDATE: 4 PM Thursday the National Hurricane Center officially named it “Tropical Storm Fay.”

UPDATE: At 3:06 PM Thursday, the National Hurricane Center issued a vortex message with data indicating this area of low pressure was quickly becoming a Tropical Storm and will likely get the name ‘Fay’ soon.

‘Fay’ is a weak storm but a record-setter. The earliest sixth storm (getting the ‘F’ name) on record until now was Tropical Storm Franklin on July 22, 2005; that happened to be one of the most active, disastrous hurricane seasons on record as well.

Tropical Storm Fay will not likely be a major disrupter for the East Coast; the worst part of the storm would remain offshore, but some wind and rain are likely from the Carolinas to New England through the weekend.

That means NO impact from this storm on the Alabama or Northwest Florida Gulf Coast for the weekend:

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