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Rare, Off-season Subtropical Storm Strengthens in Atlantic

Satellite Imagery of Subtropical Storm Alex Thursday Morning
Posted at 7:46 AM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 03:00:48-05

TALLAHASSEE (WTXL) - Subtropical Storm Alex continues to churn away in the eastern Atlantic. Current winds are sustained at 70 mph and as of Thursday morning, an eye could be spotted on satellite imagery. 

It continues to push northward towards the Azores Islands and realistically, it could become a hurricane later this afternoon if it continues to strengthen. If not, it'll still pack impressive winds for an off-season system as it makes landfall near the Azores. 

The last time we had a tropical or subtropical system form in the Atlantic Ocean in January was in 1978. And this is the first time on record there are active systems in the Atlantic and the Northern Pacific during the month of January!