First storm of the season heading south to Cuba

| 02/06/2023 | 9 Comments

(CNS): The first storm of the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season is already setting the stage for what is expected to be a very uncertain year. Tropical Storm Arlene emerged around lunchtime Friday, some 265 miles west of Fort Myers, Florida. With sustained winds of 40mph, the National Hurricane Center said Arlene was moving south towards Cuba at just 5mph.

Arlene is expected to pick up speed this evening, then weaken tonight, and degenerate into a remnant low on Saturday before reaching the Cuban coast. Currently, tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles northeast of the centre.

The system poses no threat to the Cayman Islands, where the recent heavy rains began clearing away Friday, though the National Weather Service calls for partly cloudy skies this evening with a 30% chance of showers. Temperatures will fall to around 77°F tonight, while winds will be southwesterly at 5 to 10 knots and seas will be slight, with wave heights of 1 to 3 feet. The outlook is for light south-to-southwesterly winds continuing through the weekend.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Lots more rain on the way starting today and for days. Everyone in or near areas that flood should prepare for the worst.

    Developments with no proper drainage in mind will create new flooding too, so be vigilant.

  2. Anonymous says:

    civil service shutting down at 12 today……

  3. Anonymous says:

    Arlene gifted us with more sargassum, and 7 mile beach is swamped with it and geniuses are swimming in it today.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Interesting that it is moving what it looks like backwards.

    • Anonymous says:

      02 @ 7:30 pm – Quite so! I’m a 66 y.o. Caymanian and have never seen a tropical system start that far into the Gulf and head south!

      Yet to many, climate patterns aren’t changing!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Too much rum in the water make it act crazy.

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