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Fay might bring rain this way by week's end

A pedestrian walks along Duval Street in Key West, Fla., on Monday. Forecasters expected Tropical Storm Fay to reach near-hurricane strength at windspeeds of 74 mph, when it reached the Keys late Monday.
A pedestrian walks along Duval Street in Key West, Fla., on Monday. Forecasters expected Tropical Storm Fay to reach near-hurricane strength at windspeeds of 74 mph, when it reached the Keys late Monday.

Tropical Storm Fay may bring more much-needed rain to the region by week's end.

Early forecasts show rain from Fay could hit parts of South Carolina as early as Wednesday night, said National Weather Service meteorologist Patrick Moore in Greer.

But it's difficult to predict what will happen to the storm after it makes its expected landfall as a Category 1 hurricane early today on the southwest coast of Florida.

"Right now, there's a lot of uncertainty about what the track of the storm is going to be ultimately," Moore said.

According to some forecasts, Fay, or what's left of the storm, could hit the Greenville area by Friday. If that happens, Moore said, "We're looking at widespread ... rainfall (in and around Rock Hill), which would be beneficial."

Heavy rain could help relieve drought conditions that have plagued the area for more than a year. But if Fay veers toward Myrtle Beach, the York County area would see less rain.

It could be another day or so before forecasters firm up predictions of when the rain will hit and how much will fall.

Fay, the sixth storm of the 2008 Atlantic season, has killed at least five people after battering Haiti and the Dominican Republic with torrential rain and flooding over the weekend. A Haitian lawmaker said another 30 people might have died in a bus crash blamed on the storm.

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