The first named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season has formed in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Tropical Storm Arlene was named around 5:00pm Thursday as winds around the storm increased to 45mph. Arlene is moving to the WNW around 25mph, and is expected to continue that path over the next 24 hours. The storm is forecast to weaken to the tropical depression or tropical low by Friday evening.
Currently, Tropical Storm Arlene is no threat to the US or the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The official start of hurricane season is June 1st. Tropical Storm Arlene is a rare type of storm to develop in the colder waters of the North Atlantic in the month of April, but does not give any indication that this season will be above average.
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