This Day In History: Tropical Storm Alpha Forms in Atlantic Ocean (October 22nd, 2005)

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

2005 was an extremely busy tropical season, with historic storms like Katrina, Wilma and Rita. But, it also marked another first with the formation of Tropical Storm Alpha.

On October 22nd, 2005, all eyes were on Alpha.

Tropical storm Alpha was the first storm in modern times to be named with the Greek alphabet.

This came after the list of traditional names was exhausted during the 2005 Atlantic season.

The storm formed on October the 22nd in 2005 and over the next several days would bring heavy rain and wind to places like Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where it was responsible for 26 total deaths.

And, the season wouldn't be over yet, with other storms including Beta, Gamma, Epsilon and Zeta, which would end the 2005 season with twenty seven named storms.

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