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Hurricane Alex forms in eastern Atlantic thanks to warm waters

Posted January 13
Updated January 14

The National Hurricane Center named subtropical storm Alex, the first of the 2016 season.

Hurricane Alex has formed in the Atlantic, prompting a hurricane warning for the Azores.

The National Hurricane Center identified the first named storm of the 2016 hurricane season Wednesday, although the season doesn't officially start until June.

"It's very unusual," said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel, "but the water temperatures are abnormally warm for this time of year."

On Thursday morning, Alex was located in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, 2,858 miles east of Raleigh, on Thursday with maximum sustained winds at 85 mph.

Alex is centered about 490 miles (790 kilometers) south of Faial Island in the central Azores and is moving north-northeast near 20 mph (31 kph).

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Alex will move near or over parts of the Azores on Friday.

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  • Tripp Weiland Jan 14, 2016
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    Nowhere did anyone contend that the majority of these storms happened before 1851. The point that there have only been 4 in 165 years is to illustrate that this is not a normal occurrence. Therefore, there are abnormal forces at work to produce this early season storm.

  • Chris Perdue Jan 14, 2016
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    and only the fourth since 1851.

    All you are doing is making the point that this is not caused by man made global warming. If the majority occurred before we industrialized the world, then man is not to blame for off season hurricanes. Your first comment attributed it to man made climate change.

  • Chris Perdue Jan 14, 2016
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    and only the fourth since 1851.

  • Tripp Weiland Jan 14, 2016
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    and only the fourth since 1851.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/14/world/hurricane-alex-atlantic/index.html

  • Tripp Weiland Jan 14, 2016
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    Yes but this is the first one since 1938.

  • Tripp Weiland Jan 14, 2016
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    And yet this is one of the strongest El nino's on record.

  • Nick Ditcheos Jan 14, 2016
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    Bush's fault

  • Greg Klayton Jan 13, 2016
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    Ever heard of El Niño? It effects not only the Pacific but the Atlantic too. Not everything is due to global warming.

  • Chris Perdue Jan 13, 2016
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    Just researched off season Atlantic hurricanes. Been going on since the 1700's. Wonder what caused them then.

  • Jeff Pridgen Jan 13, 2016
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    Actually they are not that unusual. They have recorded them back over 240 years ago. I guess it was man made back then also. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_off-season_Atlantic_hurricanes

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