First Alert: Watching potential for tropical development Thursday near southeast coast of U.S.

Could bring downpours and tropical humidity to Virginia Thurday and Friday.

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - After a brief lull in tropical activity in the Atlantic during the last few weeks of June, tropical development could ramp up again this week.

The location where a tropical system may develop is notable because it could be close to home for Virginians and those who have interests along the coast of North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has highlighted an area stretching from the coast of Florida to coastal North Carolina for a 40% chance of potential tropical development in the next 5 days.

Off the NC or VA coast
Off the NC or VA coast (Source: NHC)

If this system becomes a tropical or subtropical storm, its name would be Fay.

Regardless of whether or not this system develops into a named tropical storm, Central and Eastern Virginia could see heavy rainfall from the storm Thursday into Friday.

This is the latest excessive rainfall outlook from the Weather Prediction Center for Thursday indicating there’s a low-end threat of heavy rainfall for Central and Eastern Virginia.

Forecast from the WPC (Weather Prediction Center) shows a possibility of flooding downpours
Forecast from the WPC (Weather Prediction Center) shows a possibility of flooding downpours (Source: WPC)

Details on any potential impacts will be fine-tuned over the next several days as we get new information on the potential development, strength, and track of this system.

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