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Tropical Storm Bringing Heavy Rain to Berkshires

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A tropical storm heading north up the Atlantic coast could bring more rain to the Berkshires over the weekend. 
Dubbed "Fay," the storm began as a tropical depression off the coast of North Carolina midweek and formed late Thursday. 
According to Accuweather, the storm has sustained winds of 60 mph and could bring 2 to 4 inches of rain over Western Mass and Southern Vermont from late Friday through Saturday morning. 
"Fay will make landfall along the New Jersey coast during Friday afternoon," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and Lead Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said. "Fay will be a mostly heavy rain producer but could still bring wind gusts of 50-60 mph along coastal areas of eastern Long Island and over southern coastal areas of New England."
The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued a flash flood watch through noon on Saturday.
"While there is still some uncertainty regarding Fay’s exact track and the timing and placement of heaviest rainfall, confidence is increasing that high rainfall rates will present the potential for local flash flooding," according to NWS' latest weather briefing. "The eastern slopes of the Catskills and Helderbergs may receive some of the highest rainfall amounts."
NWS is predicting less rain for the Berkshires at this point, possibly 1 to 1.5 inches, with heavier rain to the south and east.
There is the potential for high winds so anything outdoors should be secured and residents should be aware of hazards such as downed trees limbs and wires. 
Accuweather reports that the storm is not expected to strengthen into a hurricane because of its proximity to the coast. 

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