Tracking the Tropics: Tropical Storm Arlene moving southward over the Gulf, no change to forecast for our area
As we head into the peak of hurricane season, it’s important to stay up-to-date on any potential storms or threats to our area. One such storm that has caught the attention of meteorologists and the public alike is Tropical Storm Arlene. The storm is currently moving southward over the Gulf and while there is no immediate threat to our area, it’s still important to know the latest news and updates regarding the storm’s trajectory and expected impacts.
What is Tropical Storm Arlene?
For those who are unfamiliar with the storm, Tropical Storm Arlene was officially declared on Tuesday, August 31st by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm is currently located over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico and is expected to move southward over the next few days.
While Tropical Storm Arlene is not expected to directly impact the US, it’s still important for those in coastal areas to remain vigilant and stay informed about the storm’s developments. Even if a storm doesn’t make landfall in your specific area, it can still have indirect effects and cause dangerous weather conditions such as high winds, heavy rain, and flooding.
Tracking the Storm’s Progress
The NHC is currently tracking the trajectory of Tropical Storm Arlene and issuing regular updates on the storm’s progress. As of the most recent update, which was issued at 5:00 AM Eastern Time on Friday, September 3rd, the storm is located near latitude 21.8 North, longitude 95.9 West, and is moving southward at a speed of around 5 miles per hour.
In terms of intensity, Tropical Storm Arlene is currently packing sustained winds of around 40 miles per hour, with higher gusts. While the storm is expected to weaken over the next few days, it’s still important to monitor its progress and any changes in intensity.
While Tropical Storm Arlene is not expected to directly impact our area, it’s important to stay aware of any potential indirect impacts. One such impact could be increased surf and rip current activity along the coastal regions of the Gulf of Mexico. These conditions can be dangerous for swimmers and boaters, so it’s important to heed any warnings or advisories issued by local authorities.
Additionally, Tropical Storm Arlene could also bring heavy rain to some areas of the Gulf Coast. While the exact areas that could be impacted by the storm’s rainfall are still uncertain, it’s important for residents in these areas to stay informed and take any necessary precautions to protect themselves and their property from potential flooding.
Preparing for the Worst
While Tropical Storm Arlene is not currently posing a direct threat to our area, it’s still important to be prepared for any potential storms or disasters. Here are a few tips to help you prepare:
- Have an emergency plan in place for your family, including evacuation routes, designated meeting places, and important contact information
- Stock up on essential supplies such as food, water, and medication, in case you need to shelter in place
- Stay informed about the latest updates regarding the storm, including any potential impacts to your area
- Consider purchasing flood insurance, even if you don’t live in a high-risk flood zone
While Tropical Storm Arlene is currently moving southward over the Gulf, there is no immediate threat to our area. However, it’s still important to remain vigilant and stay informed about the storm’s progress and any potential indirect impacts. By staying prepared and taking necessary precautions, we can help ensure the safety and well-being of ourselves and our loved ones in the face of any potential storms or disasters that may arise.