Fay...The Unique and Land Loving Storm Like No Other

By: Bob Trihy
By: Bob Trihy

Although Fay never reached hurricane status...it's been a long strange trip for the Tropical Storm.

I've never seen another storm like Tropical Storm Fay. The intensity... or lack thereof was only part of the story.

Fay's love affair with land had been incredible. First making landfall in Puerto Rico...then Hispaniola...and a scrape along Cuba's coast and that was only the beginning. As we know...Fay would go onto make four landfalls in Florida alone. Incredible.

It was her too many scrapes with land that lead to her demise...(as far as becoming a hurricane).  But Fay made up for it with biblical-like rainfall across much of Florida. Especially eastern portions of the "Sunshine" State where Melbourne picked up an incredible 28" of rain..with much of that region seeing an amazing 1 to 3 feet of rain.

Saturday evening...it's the panhandle's turn. More than 20" of rain has fallen in Tallahassee...and the rain continues to fall. Tornado warnings have been issued for portions of southern Georgia and southeast Alabama. The good news is that the affinity for land will continue as Fay's track will take it through Alabama...Mississippi...then Louisiana which will downgrade her to a tropical depression.

The good news for eastern North Carolina is that a cold front may scoop up some of Fay's energy and send it our way next week with showers and thunderstorms with some locally heavy rain possible. We could use it...especially Marvin's yard. Ha.



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