Fay’s third landfall on Florida occurring

Fay's third landfall as captured by Jacksonville long-range radar

Tropical Storm Fay is currently in the midst of its third landfall roughly in the St. Augustine area. It’s packing 60 MPH winds and is tiptoing its way toward the northwest at 2 MPH. Tropical Storm Warnings extend from roughly just south of the Space Coast to the Savannah River. Judging by the above image from Jacksonville’s long-range radar, Fay’s broad circulation has begun to cross the coast once more.

This is the third landfall for Florida. Parts of the state have started measuring their rainfall totals in feet, and flooding is definitely occurring. Fay’s slow movement ensures that it will be sticking around for quite a while; it’s not expected to be out of the state before Saturday.

Impact on Charleston

As you’ve likely noticed, there have been periodically heavy rain showers with some decent east winds at about 15-20 MPH, with gusts at the College of Charleston weather station topping out at 26 MPH yesterday. Surf has been a bit rough, and beach erosion has been occurring. Additionally, because of the prolonged east wind, tides are running a little higher than normal (1-2 feet) and thus downtown flooding is more likely to occur with a downpour. (High tide is expected at 11:40 AM.) Today’s Storm Prediction Center outlook keeps the tornado threat well south of here, so that should not be a problem as we go forward.

Best bets? Keep the umbrella handy and watch out for squalls causing localized downtown flooding during the day. It doesn’t look like Fay is going to do much more than soak us periodically. There’s a chance of higher gusts in squalls, but not a great one at this point.

You can keep an eye on the weather from the College’s station, in the heart of the peninsula.

By Jared Smith

Jared Smith is a web developer and weather enthusiast living in Charleston, SC.

2 replies on “Fay’s third landfall on Florida occurring”

I’ve been watching NEXRAD for a few days now, and the past 18-24 hours, it seems the center hasn’t really moved at all from off the cost of Daytona Beach. Kind of makes me wonder why everyone’s saying it’s going to move west in a hurry, because it hasn’t really moved more than 50 miles in the past almost 24 hours now (somewhere around 22-ish).

I know you want it to happen, too, but I’m hoping that cold front in midwest is able to start pushing the high pressure out of here so we can get a glimpse at Fay.

Alright, I do retract my previous comment about the projected track. The past few hours have made quite a bit of westerly motion. For a while there, it wasn’t moving much at all.

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