An odd site in the Atlantic Ocean, as the National Hurricane Center names the first hurricane of the Atlantic in 2016, "Hurricane Alex," the first Atlantic cyclone to develop in January since 1938. Early Thursday morning the hurricane had a maximum sustained wind of 85 mph, with a centralized pressure of 981 millibars. It's the first hurricane to affect the Atlantic in January since Hurricane Alice in 1955, forming December 29, 1954, according to NOAA.
The hurricane is moving off to the north, northeast at 20 mph and is forecast to affect the Azores. Hurricane Warnings have already been issued for parts of the central Azores. National Hurricane Center forecasts 3 to 5 inches of rain by Friday morning for parts of the Azores, with some areas getting up to 7 inches.
Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Hurricane Alex is considered the first tropical cyclone of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season.