The National Weather Service in Charleston initiated local statements on Fay at about 7:00 tonight. Weather Underground is a good place to read these statements, as they do some processing to make them mixed case and thus a bit easier to read. The latest statement from NWS Charleston as of this writing came around 9:00 tonight.
The entire statement is available at Weather Underground. Notably, NWS Charleston expects 2 to 3 inches of rain over the area from Fay, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility to see flash flood watches posted during the day on Wednesday. Also, Charleston will be in a risk area for isolated tornadoes from Fay’s rain bands starting Wednesday night roughly through Friday. This is to be expected as we’ll be sitting in the northeastern quadrant of the storm — granted, not very close to the center — for the duration of the event. Also, watch for those rip currents if you’re headed to the beach — they’ll be mighty strong.
It’s worth noting that as of this writing, no advisories have been posted for the area yet. I suspect this will change as we go through Wednesday.
The 11:00 Advisory
Fay’s appearance on radar has degraded significantly. It’s left some of the swampier areas and is over more solid landmass now, and as a result, its winds have dipped to 50 MPH with probably a little more weakening to go. It stalled out a bit before resuming a north-northeast motion at about 3 or 4 MPH. It’ll likely get off the coast before morning and begin strengthening again; conditions look reasonably favorable for Fay to reach minimal hurricane status. The forecast track, watches, and warnings are largely unchanged.
I’ll have more during the day tomorrow as conditions warrant and as time permits.