Rare January hurricane moves closer to mid-Atlantic Azores

January 15, 2016 10:41 AM

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MIAMI (AP) — A rare January hurricane in the Atlantic closed in on the Azores on Friday, with authorities in the Portuguese islands warning of waves up to 18 meters (60 feet) high, wind gusts up to 160 kph (100 mph) and torrential rain.

Hurricane Alex is the first hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938. Its maximum sustained winds decreased to near 75 mph (120 kph), but the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said it expected little change in Alex's strength over the coming days.

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