Hurricane Alex Headed To The Azores
Hurricane Alex with top winds of 85 mph is heading for the Azores and will bring hurriane conditions to the islands on Friday. This unusual hurricane is the first to form during the month of January since 1938 and only the 4th tropical cyclone in January since 1851! Eventually Hurricane Alex will be absorbed by a non tropical storm off the coast of Northeast Canada.
Hurricane Alex Latest Advisory
…ALEX MOVING NORTHWARD TOWARD THE AZORES…
…HURRICANE CONDITIONS EXPECTED OVER PORTIONS OF THE AZORES BY
SUMMARY OF 800 PM AST…0000 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 330 MI…530 KM S OF FAIAL ISLAND IN THE CENTRAL AZORES
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…85 MPH…140 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 5 DEGREES AT 22 MPH…35 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…981 MB…28.97 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Graciosa, and Terceira in the central
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Sao Miguel and Santa Maria in the eastern Azores
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
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DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
At 800 PM AST (0000 UTC), the center of Hurricane Alex was located
near latitude 33.9 North, longitude 27.8 West. Alex is moving
toward the north near 22 mph (35 km/h). A northward motion with an
increase in forward speed are expected tonight and Friday, followed
by a turn toward the north-northwest on Saturday. On the forecast
track, the center of Alex will move near or over portions of the
Azores Friday morning.
Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher
gusts. Little change in strength is expected over the next day or
so. However, Alex is likely to lose its tropical characteristics on
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the
center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175
miles (280 km). Santa Maria in the Azores has reported wind gusts
of up to 45 mph (72 kn/h) during the past few hours.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 981 mb (28.97 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
WIND: Tropical-storm-force winds are expected to begin over
portions of the Azores during the next several hours. Hurricane
conditions are expected to spread over the central Azores by early
Wind speeds atop and on the windward sides of hills and mountains
are often up to 30 percent stronger than the near-surface winds
indicated in this advisory, and in some elevated locations could be
RAINFALL: Alex is expected to produce total rain accumulations of
3 to 5 inches over the Azores through Friday, with possible
isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches. These rains could produce
life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.
STORM SURGE: A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce
significant coastal flooding near and to the east of the center of
Alex. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and
Latest Long Range Analysis, Hurricane Alex and the impact on the long range pattern.
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