The first named tropical storm of the 2023 hurricane season has become less of a threat for Florida as its winds decreased early Saturday.
Arlene, which organized Friday into a tropical storm, fizzled into a depression by the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. Saturday advisory.
The center of the storm was traveling south-southeast at 7 mph, according to the advisory, with its path expected to veer further eastward in the evening as it dissipates.
Some isolated rainfall of 1 to 2 inches, with some localized downpours bringing up to 5 inches, are still possible in portions of the state’s southern peninsula.
“This weakening trend is due to strong vertical wind shear and dry air that has wrapped into the circulation, and continued weakening is forecast,” the center stated in its forecast discussion.
If the trend continues, it added, Arlene will be further downgraded to a remnant low before the end of the day.
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