Tropical Storm Fay brings wind, rain, flood warnings to Philly region

By KYW Newsradio 1060

UPDATED: 10:45 A.M.

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Tropical Storm Fay is pounding the region with heavy rain and strong winds on its way up the East Coast. It's especially rough down at the Jersey Shore. In Ocean City, conditions worsened through the morning.

Friday morning started off with a light rain, but then the sky opened up and the wind picked up strength, pushing people around on the boardwalk. 

Umbrellas were useless, hats were bound to blow away, and the boardwalk was all but empty, except for a handful of dedicated runners, as the rain kept pouring.

Elizabeth Winter from Old Bridge, New Jersey, had made her way out for a morning cup of coffee before work.

The National Weather Service issued several advisories and updates through the morning.

The Tropical Storm Warning has been expanded to include Sussex County, DE and Lower DE Bay. Additionally, the Flash Flood Watch was expanded to include all counties. Widespread rainfall amounts of 2-4" are expected, with locally higher amounts especially along the coast.

— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) July 10, 2020

A Tropical Storm warning is in effect down the Shore on Friday. A flash flood warning runs until 4 p.m. and a high rip current risk is in effect through the evening. 

With at least 1-3 inches of rain expected, Ocean City officials warned residents and visitors about the potential for flooding, even in parts of town that don’t typically experience it. On the Ocean City website:

“Be prepared to move vehicles. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are at higher elevation. These roads also offer the safest routes of travel across the length of the island.”

Flooding on 8th street by the boardwalk in Ocean City. #TropicalStormFay

— Tim Jimenez (@TimJRadio) July 10, 2020

Dave McNulty said he would try to make the most out of his trip.

"Just came down yesterday for an extended weekend," he said. "Had a great day yesterday and gonna be sitting inside and playing games today."

With most visitors likely doing the same thing, that's another blow to Shore businesses and restaurants already hit hard because of the coronavirus pandemic.