Hurricane Alex forms in the Atlantic, Azores threatened

This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 at 12:45 AM EST shows a stationary front across the Bahamas and Cuba. Widespread rain showers accompany this boundary as it slowly drifts to the south. The remainder of the Caribbean basin is quiet with partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies. In the central Atlantic Ocean, Subtropical Storm Alex has formed with maximum winds of 60 miles per hour. Alex could bring several inches of rain to the Azores. (Weather Underground via AP)

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Alex has formed in the Atlantic, prompting a hurricane warning for the Azores.

Alex’s maximum sustained winds increased Thursday morning to near 85 mph (140 kph).

Alex is centered about 490 miles (790 kilometers) south of Faial Island in the central Azores and is moving north-northeast near 20 mph (31 kph).

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Alex will move near or over parts of the Azores on Friday.

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