Its maximum sustained winds were measured at 45 miles per hour, making it a low-level tropical storm, and the system was moving north at a sluggish pace of 7 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said in a public advisory.
The NHC also said interests from the Carolinas to New England should be keeping watch over the system, which is now spinning near the coast of northeastern SC.
Thanks for checking into your First Alert Forecast which, at least initially, hinges on the gradual northward progress of newly formed Tropical Storm Fay near the Outer Banks. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for development, and a tropical or subtropical cyclone is likely to form within the next couple of days.
As of now, forecasters from the weather service believe the biggest threat is heavy rain, because the storm system is packed with moisture and some areas of New Jersey have been hit with heavy rain during strong thunderstorms during recent days. This is now the sixth named storm of 2020 in the Atlantic basin. Much of the heavy rain that has already fallen across portions of the Southeast will continue to impact the North Carolina coast through Thursday.
Forecasters also said gusty winds will be possible along the North Carolina Outer Banks today, and along the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts Friday and Saturday.
The weather system is gradually becoming better defined, the center noted, and although its rainfall and thunderstorms are still disorganized, the storm is expected to move northeastward near the North Carolina Outer Banks later Thursday.
Name or no name, the system could bring heavy rain and even flash flooding to parts of the East Coast over the next few days.
Gusty winds are possible as well, according to the hurricane center. Conditions are not favorable at all for rapid intensification nor are atmospheric steering currents and sea surface temperatures.
The potential Fay could be a subtropical system, which would have some of the features of a tropical storm, but not all of them.
However, non-hurricane storms can still be risky with flood and wind threats.