PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – The remnants of Tropical Storm Arlene spread rain into the Ohio Valley on Sunday after breezing through the South with little damage other than power outages and street flooding.

“This is not much of a storm compared to a hurricane,” said Jim Hudgens, whose home in Milton was damaged last year by deadly Hurricane Ivan. He and his wife and bedridden mother-in-law didn’t even bother to leave home and go to a shelter Saturday.

“I think everybody was overreacting to this one,” Hudgens said.

For some, a little overreaction was good for business.

Arlene was a “little rain storm, nothing big,” but it was big for video rentals, said Marlynn Toney, a clerk at Coastal Video at Gulf Shores, Ala.

The Atlantic hurricane season’s first named storm came ashore Saturday in the western Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama. Arlene had threatened to strengthen to a minimal hurricane after plowing past the western tip of Cuba, but it had sustained wind of only about 60 mph when it arrived and quickly weakened to a tropical depression.

One person drowned Friday in the rough surf kicked up by Arlene at Miami Beach.

The heaviest reported rain Saturday fell 440 miles away in Naples, which got 5.67 inches during the storm. Nearby Hurlburt Field got nearly 5½ inches, and 5 inches fell at Fort Myers and Columbus, Miss.

“A few rivers had minor flooding, but nothing serious. Even as far as the damage, structural or to beaches, it appears to be minimal,” weather service meteorologist Randy McKee said Sunday in Mobile.

McKee said only one tornado spiral was detected on radar. There were no immediate reports of tornado damage.

By early afternoon Sunday, showers and thunderstorms were streaming northward from western Tennessee through Kentucky into Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. In Arlene’s wake, lines of thunderstorms also developed from Florida into Georgia.

What was left of the storm was moving northward at 27 mph Sunday and was expected to continue that motion with a gradual turn toward the north-northeast, the National Hurricane Center said.

Utilities reported scattered power outages affecting about 11,000 customers in the Panhandle.


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