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ORLANDO, Fla. - The wide system over the central Atlantic has developed and strengthened further, the National Hurricane Center officially naming this tropical storm Arlene.
This is the first tropical system of 2017. Arlene joins Tropical Storm Ana (2003) as the only two named storms in the month of April.
Arlene holds maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and moves to the west-northwest at 25 mph.
There has been five other disturbances (including Tropical Storm Ana) that tried to develop since the satellite era began in the early 1960s. They remained below the tropical level threshold, below 39 mph.
Previous tropical updates:
Tropical Storm Arlene will continue to be what meteorologists call a "fish storm", staying over Atlantic waters without affecting land. Water temperatures in the 50s, not much strengthening is expected during the next day, before the system fizzles out.
According to Colorado State University, this upcoming season could remain slightly below average.
These seasonal forecasts are mainly used as guidance, and the public should not base their decision on them, as the forecasts do not state anything relating to possible landfall areas and their vulnerability.
We will continue to monitor the tropics and bring you the latest on our WFTV Channel 9 newscasts starting at 5 a.m. every morning and at 4 p.m. every weekday afternoon, and weekends at 6 p.m.
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