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Tropical Storm Arlene Makes Landfall in US


Tropical Storm Arlene has come ashore along the U.S. Gulf Coast, dumping heavy rains on communities in its path and leaving thousands without power.

Forecasters say the storm moved inland just west of Pensacola, Florida Saturday, but weakened as it made landfall. Tropical storm warnings remain in effect from the Alabama - Mississippi border east to Panama City, Florida.

At last report, Arlene's maximum sustained winds had decreased to 80 kilometers per hour as it moved north at 24 kilometers per hour.

The system was expected to continue on that track as it headed further inland. Forecasters warn rainfall totals of up to 15 centimeters are possible in some areas.

Arlene is the first named storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.