This NASA/NOAA Goes East satellite image taken 1830 UTC shows storm activity on Oct. 21, 2015. (AFP/NASA/NOAA)
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The year's first tropical storm warning in the United States was issued on Friday by the National Weather Service for the coast of South Carolina, five days before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season.Tropical storms are defined as a cyclonic weather systems packing winds with sustained surface speeds ranging from 39 to 73 miles per hour (63 to 119 kilometers per hour).The latest weather system, now designated Tropical Depression Two with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph), was expected to decrease in forward speed on Saturday and Sunday as it nears the coast, the Hurricane Center said.U.S. meteorologists have predicted an increase in the number of named storms this hurricane season compared with below-average numbers during the past three years.
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