(3:35 p.m.) -- The 22nd named storm of the season, Tropical Storm Alpha, formed in the Caribbean yesterday -- making the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season the most active ever (there were 21 named storms in 1933). This also marks the first time the National Hurricane Center has resorted to the Greek alphabet for naming storms.
Now downgraded to a tropical depression, Alpha has drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which are both prone to flash flooding and mudslides; a tropical storm warning is in effect for the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas. Maximum sustained winds are being clocked at 35 miles per hour.
At this point, cruise itineraries are not being affected by this historic storm system. Though Alpha could regain tropical storm strength, some forecasters believe the system could simply dissipate after hitting the mountains of the Dominican Republic.