Hurricane Alex – The First Storm of 2016
Hurricane Alex is the first hurricane to hit the new year. What makes Hurricane Alex unique is that it is a rarity to see it in the Atlantic:
- It is the first named storm of 2016
- Hurricane Alex is a rare occasion due to it being in January when the Atlantic Hurricane season is generally from the end of June to November.
- Warnings for hurricane type weather were issued near/in Azores – a Portuguese island to the west of Portugal. Azores has a population of roughly 250,000.
- It is the first January Hurricane since 1938!
- Only the third ever hurricane to be announced in the Atlantic and in January since Hurricane Alice which was in 1955. Recording hurricanes began in 1851.
- Hurricane Alex experienced winds around 85-95mph.
- Wind speeds meant that it was classified as a Category 1 hurricane.
- The highest rainfall was measured at 7 inches, whilst the average was 3-5 inches. This rainfall can lead to flash floods and landslides.
- So far, no casualties or deaths have been recorded at this moment. When the hurricane dissipates records of such figures is expected to be released.
- Before being classified a storm, it is said that winds for the origins of Hurricane Alex derived from the south-east coast on January 7th that slowly picked up speeds whilst moving towards Bermuda on the 8th of January.
Quite a few hurricane records have been broken albeit it being only a category 1 hurricane. By defying the hurricane season, could we see future trends of hurricanes post-period? With the rise in global warming it is certainly possible but a far-fetched likelihood. I hope everyone affected is protected from facing calamities from the rare January hurricane and that families are safe.