Rare January subtropical storm forms in Atlantic

By USA Today

avn0-laloUSA TODAY – A rare, out-of-season subtropical storm formed Wednesday afternoon far out in the Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center said. It could impact the Azores later this week.

As of 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, the center of Subtropical Storm Alex was located about 785 miles south-southwest of the Azores, a small island chain about 850 miles from Portugal.  It had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

A subtropical storm contains meteorological characteristics of both tropical and non-tropical storms.

The hurricane center warned gale force winds should hit the Azores by late Thursday or early Friday. Heavy rain could also lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Alex is the first tropical or subtropical storm to form in January since an unnamed system in 1978, according to Rick Knabb, director of the hurricane center.

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One comment

  1. mother nature at her best - AND THEY CLAIM SAY GOD IS A MAN - HA HA
    lets see world leaders top this force with all their nuclear bombs and boy toy weapons of mass edstruction
    when "NATURE GOD" is ready, nothing will stop JAH TIME

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