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Tropical Storm Arlene becomes first named storm of season

A weather system in the Atlantic Ocean morphed into Tropical Storm Arlene Thursday becoming the first named storm of the year, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, but last year two storms formed before the official start of the season.

Forecasters say tropical storms are rare in April and Arlene is only the second one observed in the month since weather satellites went into use.