Tropical Storm Fay forms off coast of North Carolina

Tropical Storm Fay formed off the coast of North Carolina on Thursday, forecasters said.The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami announced the storm’s formation Thursday afternoon. It currently has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.View area-specific warnings hereIt’s expected to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to portions of the mid-Atlantic coast and southern New England, according to the National Hurricane Center.The storm is currently about 40 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, and it’s moving north at 7 mph.It is already the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. Two named storms formed before the official start of the hurricane season June 1.Fay broke the record for earliest sixth-named storm ever. The previous record was July 21, 2005.Hearst TV contributed to this report.

Tropical Storm Fay formed off the coast of North Carolina on Thursday, forecasters said.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami announced the storm’s formation Thursday afternoon. It currently has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

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It’s expected to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to portions of the mid-Atlantic coast and southern New England, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is currently about 40 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, and it’s moving north at 7 mph.

It is already the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. Two named storms formed before the official start of the hurricane season June 1.

Hearst TV contributed to this report.