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Tropical Storm Edouard moves away from US

Edouard is the earliest fifth named storm on record

NHC Advisory for T.S. Edouard
NHC Advisory for T.S. Edouard (wjxt)

MIAMI – Edouard has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone as it moves Monday far off in the Atlantic away from the continental United States.

Edouard had become a tropical storm on Sunday. But by late Monday afternoon, Edouard lost its tropical storm status about 445 miles (715 kilometers) southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland, Canada. No coastal watchings or warnings were in effect for the storm.

As of 5 p.m. EDT, Edouard had top sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph), with higher gusts, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said. It was moving northeast at about 38 mph (61 kph) and forecasters said its remnants are expected to be absorbed into a larger frontal boundary on Tuesday.

Edouard had become the earliest fifth-named tropical storm on record, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. The previous record was Emily on July 12, 2005, Klotzbach said.

Two named storms formed in the Atlantic before the official start of the hurricane season June 1.

Tropical Storm Arthur formed off the coast of Florida May 16, and Tropical Storm Bertha surprised the South Carolina coast May 27.

The earliest tropical cyclone on record also formed earlier this year, in the eastern North Pacific, far off the coast of Mexico on April 25.