Azores on red alert due to freak hurricane

The islands of the Azores are on red alert today as freak hurricane ‘Alex’ travels across the archipelago.

The worst of the weather is expected this morning, until 11am, with most of the islands in for heavy rain, “160km per hour” winds and 18-metre waves, says Portugal’s sea and atmosphere institute (IPMA).

Flights to and from the islands have been cancelled since yesterday and schools, kindergartens, courts and universities are closed.

SATA airline guarantees that flights will be resumed once the worst of the weather has passed – hopefully later today.

Alex started as a tropical storm on Wednesday (January 13) but has become the first January Atlantic hurricane to form since 1938.

Explained US Hurricane Centre forecaster Eric Blake “Alex is in a rare spot for September, much less January.”

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