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Tropical Storm Arlene's Lifespan Expected to be Brief

Tropical Storm Arlene forecast track (11pm 04/20/2017)
Posted at 10:56 PM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 22:56:00-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- The oddball Tropical Storm Arlene, just the second April tropical storm on record in the Atlantic basin, will likely lose its tropical title as upper-level systems impact its development by Friday.

An uptick in storminess around the system's center maintained its tropical status late Thursday night.  Arlene has peak winds of 50 mph and is moving northwest swiftly at 28 mph.

Its center was about 900 miles west of the Azores in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

Since the storm is well out to sea, and forecast to transition into a post-tropical cyclone over open waters, there is no threat to the local area from Arlene.  However, the leftover low-pressure system may still cause higher swells on ocean waters, and eventually inclement, possible squally weather conditions along the New England coast and the Canadian Maritimes over the weekend.