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Subtropical Storm Melissa forms in the Atlantic

By Les Still
Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:42:52 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 18 2013 10:38:00 AM CST
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Subtropical Storm Melissa has formed in the Atlantic Ocean east of Bermuda. It’s considered a subtropical storm because it’s not a purely tropical system, meaning that it has a warm core. It still has some partial frontal characteristics, which is why it is given the subtropical designation.

The storm is moving towards the northwest at 9 mph, and this will continue for the next 24 hours with a turn to the north expected on Tuesday. By Wednesday, it will turn to the northeast and move into the northern Atlantic Ocean.

Maximum winds are around 50 mph, with some strengthening expected as it transitions to a pure tropical system by Tuesday.

This storm poses no threat to Eastern Carolina, or any landmass for that matter. Stay tuned to NewsChannel 12 for the latest on the storm's track.