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Tropical Storm Fiona forms in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Fiona has formed in the Atlantic Ocean.

National Hurricane Center forecasters in Miami said at 5 p.m. Wednesday the storm, moving to the northwest at 16 mph, was still miles away, about 920 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands. The storm had top winds early Wednesday evening of 40 mph.

The 2016 hurricane season got off to an early start with a rare January storm. Forecasters predicted an average season with 10 to 16 named storms, four to eight hurricanes and one to four major storms packing winds over 110 mph.

But last week they revised projections after the strong El Niño weather pattern in the Pacific, which can help tamp down hurricanes, fizzled. They now expect 12 to 17 named storms and as many as four to eight hurricanes with two to four major hurricanes.