Trop­i­cal Storm Ar­lene forms

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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.

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