ORLANDO, Fla. — Tropical Depression 2 strengthened into Tropical Storm Arlene on Friday as it continues to slowly move south through the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Read live updates below:
1:40 p.m. update:
Tropical Storm Arlene has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said Friday afternoon.
There is no change to the forecast and no significant threat to land.
The storm has maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph.
Watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News, beginning at 4 p.m., for live updates from certified meteorologist Rusty McCranie.
12:22 p.m. update:
There have been no major strength chances of Tropical Depression 2 since Friday morning.
The storm system continues to slowly move south towards Cuba.
Channel 9 meteorologists now believe the storm will not be able to strengthen into a named storm before it falls about by this weekend.
TD2 is moving into a very sheared environment, which is not conducive to tropical development.
TD2 could become the first named storm of the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season on Friday.
Regardless of if it gets named or not, Central Florida is not forecast to see any impacts from the storm.
It will drift southward close to Western Cuba this weekend where it will weaken significantly.
Locally, we will have an increase in our rain coverage Friday.
Channel 9 will continue to monitor TD2 and provide updates on Eyewitness News.
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