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Alex becomes first hurricane to form in January since 1938

Alex becomes first hurricane to form in January since 1938

A quickly developing tropical cyclone in the middle of the Atlantic has become Hurricane Alex, the first hurricane to form in January since 1938.

"Remarkably, Alex has undergone the transformation into a hurricane," National Hurricane Center forecasters wrote in a 10 a.m. update. The storm has a distinct eye and tropical characteristics, they said.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph and is about 500 miles south of the Azores, a group of islands that is itself about 850 miles west of Portugal and 1,200 miles southeast of Newfoundland. Hurricane warnings have been issued across the island.

The storm is forecast to pass over the Azores as a...

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