Tropical Storm Arlene weakens to a remnant low, NHC says

MIAMI – Tropical Storm Arlene has weakened into a remnant low, meaning that it is no longer considered to be a tropical storm or tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center announced Saturday.

The hurricane season’s first named storm fell back down to a remnant low Saturday evening after becoming a tropical depression late Saturday morning as it pushed farther away from Florida in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. advisory, the center of what is now referred to as Post-Tropical Cyclone Arlene, was located 215 miles west-southwest of the Dry Tortugas moving south-southeast at 7 mph and expected to turn to the east overnight.

“Arlene is expected to dissipate on Sunday,” the NHC stated in the 5 p.m. advisory.

The NHC says it’s still maintaining sustained winds of 35 mph and higher gusts and it’s 5 p.m. advisory also had tropical storm-force winds extending out 70 miles.

According to Local 10 Certified Meteorologist Brandon Orr, Broward County received a wind gust of 83mph at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport with half-dollar-sized hail before 2 p.m.

No coastal watches or warnings have been issued.

A Flood Watch was issued Wednesday for a portion of Southeast Florida, including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

According to the National Weather Service, two to four inches of rainfall is possible over the next few days with localized amounts of 6 inches or more in some areas.

Pop-up showers are expected to ramp up from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, but showers will slowly start to fizzle out after 8 p.m.

Sunday gets off to a mostly dry start-- though a few early showers may not be completely out of the question, especially near the Keys. Be prepared for afternoon showers and thunderstorms to develop.

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