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Record year for Atlantic storms as two new systems form in a day

Rene becomes storm number 17 of the year, forming earlier than the previous record-holder, Rita in 2005

Tropical storm Rene has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the Atlantic’s earliest R-named storm on record, as the year’s extremely active hurricane season continued.

Rene formed on Monday, breaking the previous record held by Rita in 2005, which formed 18 September.

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