Record Setting Season

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Tropical Storm Alpha formed Saturday in the Caribbean Sea, setting the record for the most named storms in an Atlantic hurricane season. It marks the first time a letter from the Greek alphabet has been used because the list of storm names was exhausted. The previous record of 21 storms stood since 1933. At 11 p.m. Eastern time, the storm had sustained winds near 50 miles-an-hour and was moving northwest near 14 miles-an-hour. Alpha was located about 55 miles south-southwest of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

Tropical storm warnings are in place for Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Turks and Caicos islands and the southeastern Bahamas. Alpha was expected to move inland over the Dominican Republic early Sunday, and to turn north after it made landfall. National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield says Alpha poses no threat to the United States.