Subtropical Storm Alpha Makes Landfall in Portugal
Sub-Tropical Storm #Alpha has made landfall in Portugal.
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For just the second time on record, new tropical systems forming in the Atlantic Basin are garnishing names from the Greek Alphabet, which only occurred previously in 2005.
Subtropical Storm Alpha formed on Friday about 75 miles north of Lisbon, Portugal. It made landfall with maximum sustained winds around 45-50 mph. Its currently moving northeast around 17 mph. The storm is expected to be short lived but could produce heavy rain and strong wind gusts across Portugal and Northern Spain through the weekend.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to weaken to a subtropical depression by Friday evening before moving into the Bay of Biscay. Rain is expected to accumulate to 1-2 inches with isolated totals to 3 inches. Additional local forecast information can be found on the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere website here.