MIAMI (AP) - Subtropical Storm Joyce has formed in the north Atlantic. It is the latest storm in a surge of activity in the tropics.
The center of Joyce was located about 870 miles (1395 km) west-southwest of the Azores. The storm is moving toward the southwest near 6 mph (9 km/h), and this slow motion should continue during the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center.
Joyce is forecast to transform into a tropical storm by Thursday and strengthen some, but it is not currently a threat to land.
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Meanwhile, the National Weather Service says more than 10 million residents in three states are under a storm watch or warning because of Hurricane Florence. There are 5.25 million people under hurricane warnings and watches and another 4.89 million under tropical storm watches and warnings.
Hurricane Warnings are in effect from the South Santee River in South Carolina to Duck, North Carolina. A hurricane watch stretches from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to the South Santee River.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from Duck, North Carolina, to the North Carolina/Virginia border, with a watch in effect from there to the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.