WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Season is off to an early start in the Atlantic Ocean.
The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Arlene has formed about 815 miles west of the Azores Islands. That’s more than 1,000 miles east of the US mainland.
As of the 5 p.m. ET update from the National Hurricane Center, Arlene had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. The storm is moving west-northwest at about 25 mph. Forecasters say the storm presents no threat to land. They expect it to become absorbed by a large extratropical low and dissipate on Friday.
Arlene is the second tropical storm ever recorded in April during the satellite era. Prior to that a storm like this would have been virtually impossible to detect and accurately identify, experts say.