Atlantic's first named storm falls apart

02 June 2008 16:50  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The hurricane season's first named storm in the Atlantic Ocean is dissipating around the Yucatan peninsula, US meteorologists said on Monday.

The system was named Arthur on Saturday morning, when the tropical storm was about 45 miles (75km) north-northwest of Belize City, Belize, according to the National Hurricane Center. By the end of the day, it was over the southern Yucatan peninsula.

By Sunday, Arthur had downgraded to a depression, the centre said.

Arthur had missed the Bay of Campeche, an important oil-producing region of Mexico, according to newswire Bloomberg. However, Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) closed two oil-export terminals in the Gulf of Mexico, it reported.

A tropical storm has winds of at least 39 miles per hour (mph). Winds for a hurricane are at least 74mph.

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