Tropical Depression 2 forms in Gulf of Mexico

Arlene Friday afternoon cone. (NOAA)

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.