Another tropical storm forms

Tropical Storm Peter the second named storm to form after the close of hurricane season was churning in the Atlantic Tuesday.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | December 9, 2003


Tropical Storm Peter the second named storm to form after the close of hurricane season was churning in the Atlantic Tuesday.

Peter was in the far eastern Atlantic on Tuesday morning and posed no threat to land, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm could become a hurricane later Tuesday, forecasters said.

Peter closely follows Tropical Storm Odette, which flooded portions of the Dominican Republic last weekend, killing eight people.

Together, Odette and Peter have made storm history. This is the first time since 1887 that two tropical storms have formed in the Atlantic basin during December, according to storm experts at the National Hurricane Center.

Before dissipating, Tropical Storm Odette hit Haiti and the Dominican Republic, dropping seven inches of rain over the Dominican Republic.

More than 10,000 people were evacuated from the low-lying southwestern area, according to governor's reports.

Both Haiti and the Dominican Republic are still recovering from rain storms that hit last month, destroying homes and causing at least seven deaths.

Tropical Storm Odette formed Dec. 4, four days after the Atlantic hurricane season officially ended.

The storm tally for 2003 in the Atlantic tropical basin is 16 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes (Fabian, Isabel, and Kate). The eastern Pacific tropical basin had 16 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and no major hurricanes.

The official hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. Early and late tropical storms have risen this year, though, beginning with Tropical Storm Ana in April.


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