Tropical Storm Arlene forms
Tropical Storm Arlene is the first named storm of 2017.
Arlene formed Thursday afternoon in the Atlantic Ocean about 800 miles west of the Azores Islands, theNational Hurricane Center said in a 5 p.m. Thursday advisory. The stormwas no threat to land. It is a rarity, though. “Tropical storms in April are rare and Arlene is only the second one observed in this month during the satellite era,” wrote senior hurricane specialist Lixion Avila in a forecast discussion posted on theNationalHurricane Center’swebsite.
“It should be noted, however, that this type of stormwas practically impossible to detect prior to theweather satellite era.”
Arlene’s maximum sustained winds were at 45 mph. The stormwas traveling toward thewest-northwest at about 25 mph. Tropical storm-force windswere extending out about 105 miles fromthe storm’s center, the hurricane center said.
Arlene’s lifespanwas expected to be short, with the storm expected to dissipate today.