Not a moment too soon for the rain-starved Berkshires, Tropical Storm Fay has formed off the North Carolina coast, on a track that should drench the region with showers and thunderstorms from Friday afternoon well into Saturday.

Anticipating a major rainmaker, the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., posted a flash flood watch for the Berkshires and surrounding areas for rainfall rates of up to 1 inch per hour. The result could be flooding of poor-drainage and low-lying areas. Flash flooding will be possible in urban areas of Pittsfield and North Adams as well.

Winds in Berkshire County should be much weaker, but total rainfall could top 2 inches by the time the storm’s effects taper off Saturday afternoon.

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