Forecasters say a tropical depression that formed Thursday morning over the Atlantic Ocean is now Tropical Storm Leslie.
The storm's formation is the second-earliest of the 12th named storm on record in the Atlantic, eclipsed by Luis, which formed Aug. 27, 1995.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Thursday that Leslie was still nearly 1,125 miles east of the Windward Islands. It had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and was moving west at 20 mph.
The system currently poses no threat to land and is expected to gradually start moving to the northwest, well off the U.S. coast.