National Hurricane Center meteorologists say Tropical Storm Arlene continues to gain strength as it moves northward through the Gulf of Mexico. The storm already has dumped heavy rainfall on western Cuba.
Arlene's top winds has increased from 45-to-60 miles-per-hour and forecasters say it could become a weak hurricane before hitting land late tomorrow (Saturday.)
Hurricane watches are posted from Panama City in Florida's Panhandle to the Louisiana-Mississippi border.
Arlene is expected to make landfall somewhere between eastern Louisiana and the western Florida Panhandle, with the worst weather
east of the storm's center.
At 10 a.m. CDT, Arlene's poorly defined center was about 470 miles south-southeast of Pensacola. The storm was moving north at about 13 miles-per-hour. Wind and rain extended 150 miles to the north and east from the storm's center.