Tropical Storm Alpha made landfall early Sunday in the Dominican Republic.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm came ashore near the city of Barahona, with maximum sustained winds close to 85 kilometers per hour.
The center says Alpha is expected to weaken rapidly but not before bringing heavy rain and possible flooding to the Dominican Republic and neighboring Haiti.
Alpha is the 22nd named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, breaking the previous record set in 1933. Forecasters have run through this year's list of names and have turned to the Greek alphabet.
Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the southeastern Bahamas.Some information for this report provided by AFP.