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Subtropical Storm Alex forms out in the Atlantic Ocean

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ACHurricane Cone Base 2014 Update

NEW YORK — Out in the open Atlantic, Subtropical Storm formed Wednesday afternoon with winds of 50 mph and drifting northeast at 14 mph.

Subtropical storms feature both characteristics of a typical tropical system and a mid-latitude storm that we get here in New York.

The National Weather Service states that the last time any tropical or subtropical storm formed out in January was back in 1978. It’s also the only fourth known storm to form during this month since records began in 1851.

WPIX Tropical 2014

Forecasters have been monitoring what was a broad area of circulation since last week when it formed some 500 miles off the coast of the southeastern U.S. over the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream. Eventually the disturbance drifted easterly before the low organized further some 1,000 miles off the coast of Western Africa.

In terms of any impacts to land, hurricane forecasters state that the storm will track northward, possibly becoming fully tropical before weakening as it crosses though the Azores early Friday morning.