First named storm organizes Thursday
MIAMI - Just shy of a month until the official start of hurricane season, the first named storm formed off the coast of South Carolina.
Ana was named Thursday. The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported Ana as a subtropical storm, 170 miles southeast of Myrtle Beach. The system had maximum sustained winds near 45 mph.
A tropical storm watch was issued for parts of South Carolina and North Carolina. A watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible on this stretch of coast within 48 hours.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1.
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