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Hurricane Center Tracking Potential Storm in Caribbean

Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- A weather system in the eastern Caribbean Sea has a 10 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

The storm is 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Barbados and is producing rain and thunderstorms in the region, according to a hurricane center forecast issued at 8 a.m.

“Ninety-seven percent of all storms occur between June 1 and November 30, but that doesn’t mean they can’t occur outside of that time frame,” said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the hurricane center in Miami. Five December hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic since 1851, he said, the most recent in 2005.

The last December tropical storm in the Atlantic was in 2005 and two formed in 2003, he said. Tropical storms become hurricanes when their winds reach 74 miles per hour.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially ended on Nov. 30 after producing 19 storms, the third-most on record, according to the Miami-based hurricane center.

To contact the reporters on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at Bsullivan10@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

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