MIAMI (CBSMIami) — Tropical Storm Fay is the earliest “F” storm on record, according to CBS4 Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer.

Tropical Storm Fay, which formed off North Carolina’s coast, is expected to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to portions of the mid-Atlantic coast and Southern New England.

At 11 p.m. on Thursday, Fay was about 85 miles NNE of Cape Hatteras. The storm had top sustained winds of 45 mph and was moving to the north at 8 mph.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from Cape May New Jersey northward to Watch Hill, Rhode Island, including Long Island and Long Island Sound.

The storm is expected to move northward to north-northeastward at a faster speed over the next couple of days. 

On the forecast track, the center of Fay is forecast to move near the mid-Atlantic coast on Friday, and move inland over the northeast United States on Saturday.

Some slight strengthening is forecast for Friday. Weakening should begin after the center moves inland on Saturday.