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Claims News Service, Sept. 14, 11:10 a.m. EST — Guy Carpenter, a global risk and reinsurance specialist and a part of the Marsh & McLennan Companies, is reporting that Tropical Storm Helene became the eighth named storm of the 2006 hurricane season in the North Atlantic when it developed last yesterday evening. The storm is located in the mid-Atlantic and packs sustained winds of around 40 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Helene is traveling in a westerly direction and a gradual turn toward the west-northwest is expected during the next 24 hours. Tropical storm-force winds extend 85 miles from the center of the storm.

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