A tropical storm watch was issued this morning for central Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, where residents are still recovering from last year's devastation.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said that at 7 a-m, Tropical Storm Arlene's poorly defined center was located about 50 miles north of the western tip of Cuba. The storm was moving north-northwest at about ten miles per hour, and Arlene is expected to speed up slightly today. The large storm's wind and rain extended 140 miles to the north and east from its center.
Forecasters say Arlene had maximum sustained winds of 55 miles
per hour, up from 45 earlier today.
The storm is NOT expected to develop into a hurricane before making landfall.