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New Tropical Storm Forms Off Florida's East Coast

Meterologists say a new tropical storm has formed off the east coast of Florida but do not expect the storm to become a hurricane.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Tammy is centered about 32 kilometers east of Cape Canaveral, home of the United States' space shuttle fleet.

The storm is expected to move up the East Coast and dump heavy rain on the states of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. But forecasters say Tammy will likely spend only a short time over water, preventing it from gaining hurricane strength.

Tammy is the 19th named storm of this year's unusually active Atlantic hurricane season.

The 18th storm of the season, Tropical Storm Stan, is dissipating after passing over the mountains of southeastern Mexico.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.