January 13, 2016 6:16 pm
Updated: January 13, 2016 6:25 pm

Subtropical Storm Alex forms in Atlantic hurricane off-season

Subtropical Storm Alex churns in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 13, 2015.

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It may not be Atlantic hurricane season, but that hasn’t stopped Subtropical Storm Alex.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) out of Miami issued a public advisory on a rare January subtropical storm that is churning in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1200 km south-southwest of the Azores.

Alex has maximum sustained winds of 85 km/h with higher gusts and is moving northeast at 22 km/h.

The NHC is forecasting little change in storm strength over the next 48 hours. Alex is expected to continue moving northeast before taking a gradual turn northward, toward Greenland.

The projected path of Subtropical Storm Alex.

National Hurricane Center

Though similar, subtropical and tropical storm do have some differences. Primarily, subtropical storms are less likely to become hurricanes. However, both bring damaging winds, heavy rain and rough seas.

Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th.

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