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Subtropical Alex: 1st Named January Storm in Atlantic Season in 78 Years

13 Jan 2016, 4:57 pm

CYofgq2WQAIahcYWell, there’s something you don’t see every day. Or every year for that matter.

Subtropical storm Alex formed in the northeast Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, making Alex the earliest tropical system in the Atlantic in nearly 80 years.

It also marks the first Atlantic Ocean tropical storm since 1978, according to NHC specialist Eric Blake.

Land impacts, fortunately, are expected to be minimal, although one group of islands could feel some of Alex’s wrath. The Azores, a group of nine volcanic islands that are an autonomous region of Portugal and home to about a quarter million people, are expected to receive a glancing blow from Alex late Thursday and into early Friday, with wind gusts up to 70 miles-per-hour (MPH) possible and up to five inches of rain as well.

Alex is no threat to the United States or North America.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this storm.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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