Unusual April tropical storm forms far from land

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MIAMI (AP) - A rare April tropical storm has formed over the north Atlantic.

The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Arlene, which formed Thursday, has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. The storm is far from land, about 815 miles west of the Azores.

The system is expected to dissipate Friday and no coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

Forecasters say tropical storms are rare in April and Arlene is only the second one observed in the month since weather satellites went into use.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, but last year two storms formed before the official start. The first Atlantic storm of 2016 was Hurricane Alex, which made an unseasonable debut in January over the far eastern Atlantic. Tropical Storm Bonnie formed in May 2016 off the South Carolina coast.

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The first tropical depression of the Atlantic season has formed far from land.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, but last year two storms formed before the official start of the season.

The depression is located about halfway between Bermuda and the Azores and does not pose a threat to land. The system is expected to dissipate Thursday night or Friday.

It has winds of about 35 mph (56 kph).

The first Atlantic storm of 2016 was Hurricane Alex, which made an unseasonable debut in January over the far eastern Atlantic. Tropical Storm Bonnie formed in May 2016 off the South Carolina coast.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)



 

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