Tropical Storm Arlene moving south in the Gulf of Mexico

Arlene forecast track

Tropical Storm Arlene continues to move south in the Gulf of Mexico, with rapid weakening forecast.

As of 5 a.m. Saturday, it was located 240 miles west of the Dry Tortugas.

The storm is moving south-southeast at 9 mph.

Winds remain at 40 mph with higher gusts.

No watches or warnings are currently in effect.

Arlene should become a tropical depression later today and degenerate into a remnant low late tonight.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 998 mb.

Tropical Depression 2 was upgraded Friday afternoon to Tropical Storm Arlene.

Tropical Depression 2 became the first tropical depression of the season Thursday evening -- on the first day 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.

About the Author:

David Heckard is The Weather Authority's Assistant Chief Meteorologist.