Rare January hurricane downgraded as it passes Azores

15th January 2016, Comments 0 comments

Alex, the first hurricane to form in the Atlantic in January in nearly 80 years, weakened on Friday to tropical-storm status, US forecasters said.

The Azores Meteorological Center dropped its hurricane and tropical-storm warnings as Alex skirted past the islands in the eastern Atlantic.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said the storm, which earlier had threatened the Azores, had lost intensity, with winds now at 70 miles (110 kilometers) per hour, down from 85 miles per hour (135 kilometers) the day before.

At 1500 GMT, Alex was about 35 miles north (55 kilometers) of the Portuguese island chain, moving northward at 28 miles (45 kilometers) per hour, the NHC said.

The center said it was the first time a hurricane had formed in January in the Atlantic since 1938, and just the fourth such January storm there in 165 years.

The Atlantic storm season typically runs from June to November.


© 2016 AFP

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