The birth and evolution of Hurricane Alex, as seen in spectacular satellite imagery

A highly unusual winter hurricane swirls in the North Atlantic Ocean

Since 1851, records show that just two hurricanes have churned through the Atlantic Ocean in January.

Until yesterday, that is, when a cyclonic low pressure system born off the U.S. southeast coast early in January evolved into Hurricane Alex.

After achieving hurricane strength, Alex subsided to tropical storm strength, coming ashore today as a tropical storm in the Azores, according to the National Hurricane Center:

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