As of the Saturday night 10PM update from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Arthur has formed in the Atlantic and becomes the first named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
The first tropical depression has formed in the Atlantic Basin east of the central Florida coast. As of Saturday evening, Tropical Depression One, before it was named, had sustained winds of 35 mph with higher gusts.
Over the past few years, the Atlantic Basin has seen tropical cyclones form ahead of the official start of the hurricane season. Subtropical Storm Andrea formed May 20-21, 2019 and Tropical Storm Alberto formed May 25-31, 2018.
The last time the name Arthur used was six years ago in 2014 when Hurricane Arthur formed just east of Florida on July 1 and made landfall on July 5 as a category 2 storm in North Carolina. If a name is not retired, it will be recycled every six years.
The official start of the Atlantic Hurricane season is June 1 and lasts until November 30.