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Hurricane Alex Forms In The Atlantic, Doesn't Realize Hurricane Season Is Over

The first hurricane of the 2016 season has formed in the Atlantic—in January. 

But don't worry, South Florida, we won't be affected.

Hurricane Alex was upgraded from a subtropical storm Thursday morning, with maximum sustained wind speeds at 85 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center announced.

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The strangely timed storm is the first hurricane to form in January since 1938, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane season runs from June through November. (Alex must not have a calendar.)

Projections show that Hurricane Alex is headed for the Azores, a cluster of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean that are part of Portugal.

Tropical storm-force winds are expected to impact portions of the Azores Thursday night and reach hurricane conditions by early Friday. People on the islands should take caution, as storm surges are expected to cause coastal flooding. 

Updates on Hurricane Alex from the National Hurricane Center can be found online here

(Graphic courtesy NHC)