The storm had grown slightly stronger early Friday as it headed northward just offshore of the Delmarva Peninsula at 8 mph with top sustained winds of 45 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported.
TROPICAL SYSTEM LIKELY TO BRING HEAVY RAIN, WIND ALONG EAST COAST; SEVERE WEATHER IMPACTS MIDWEST
Fay is expected to make landfall Friday or Saturday and less than six inches of rain are anticipated with the likelihood of flash flooding.
A tropical storm warning remains essentially from Cape May, New Jersey, to Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
Fay is the earliest sixth-named storm on record, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. The previous record was Franklin on July 22, 2005, Klotzbach tweeted.
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Two named storms formed before the official June 1 start of the hurricane season. None of this season’s previous five named storms strengthened in to hurricanes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.