MIAMI (AP) – A rare April tropical storm has formed over the north Atlantic.
The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Arlene, which formed Thursday, has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph). The storm is far from land, about 815 miles (1,312 kilometers) west of the Azores.
The system is expected to dissipate Friday and no coastal watches or warnings are in effect.
Forecasters say tropical storms are rare in April and Arlene is only the second one observed in the month since weather satellites went into use.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, but last year two storms formed before the official start. The first Atlantic storm of 2016 was Hurricane Alex, which made an unseasonable debut in January over the far eastern Atlantic. Tropical Storm Bonnie formed in May 2016 off the South Carolina coast.
Arlene is the first tropical storm of the 2017 hurricane season, and it developed before the season officially begins June 1.
Storm Team 8 meteorology Julie Phillips said, if you remember Hurricane Alex formed last year in January! So, it is not entirely uncommon for this to occur.
STORIES THAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON
- Loud sex noises interrupt pro tennis match in Sarasota
- Deputies search for missing New Port Richey teen
- Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez found dead in jail cell
- Polk Co. woman arrested after posting Facebook live video
- Hudson mother claims SRO sent inappropriate messages to daughter
- Giraffe cam with April, baby to end