Andrea becomes first named subtropical storm of the year

Andrea forms near Bermuda Monday. [Courtesy National Hurricane Center]

Subtropical Storm Andrea has formed about 335 miles southwest of Bermuda, becoming the first named storm of the hurricane season, which doesn’t officially begin until June 1.

Andrea was moving moving north Monday at 12 knots with winds of 35 knots, the National Weather Service Wilmington office said.

Andrea is expected to slow down its forward speed and turn to the northeast and then east through Tuesday and Tuesday night, remaining southwest or south of Bermuda.

Slight strengthening is possible overnight, followed by weakening by late Tuesday and into Wednesday.

No direct impacts are expected for coastal North Carolina, but the weather service will be monitoring for possible enhanced rip currents by midweek.

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