Tropical Depression 2 formed Thursday evening in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
As of 11 a.m. Friday, it was located 270 miles west of Fort Myers.
The depression is moving south at 5 mph.
Winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts.
No watches or warnings are currently in effect.
The system should begin to weaken by Friday night and degenerate into a remnant low by Saturday.
If the depression becomes a tropical storm, its name would be “Arlene.”
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb.
Tropical Depression 2 is the first tropical depression of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center concluded an earlier January system became subtropical, but was not assigned a name.
The complex will stay well away from Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida and will not impact our weather.
Thursday was also the first day of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season.