Arlene has been downgraded to a remnant low

Published: Jun. 3, 2023 at 12:15 PM EDT
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The hurricane season’s first named storm was downgraded to a tropical depression late Saturday morning and then to a remant low as it drifted south in the Gulf of Mexico

In the last advisory from the NHC, the center of Arlene was moving south-southeast at 7 mph as Post-Tropical Cyclone.

Moisture from Arlene will continue to bring showers and storms to extreme South Florida overnight

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The system is maintaining sustained winds of 30 mph and higher gusts after winds of 35 mph in the 11 a.m. update. Earlier Saturday it had tropical-storm-force-winds extending out 70 miles.

The system first became a depression Thursday, the first day of hurricane season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual hurricane season forecast last week and predicted a “near-normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic this year.”

The outlook calls for 12 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes, and one to four major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or greater.

NOAA meteorologists said there will likely be a high potential for El Niño to develop this summer, which can suppress hurricane activity in the Atlantic.

An elevated El Niño pattern — meaning warmer-than-average Pacific Ocean water — is expected to hinder some Atlantic storms from developing into tropical systems.

The Atlantic hurricane season began Thursday and runs through Nov. 30.

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