Arlene has been downgraded to a remnant low
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
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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