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Subtropical Storm Melissa forms; no threat to Florida

11:56 AM, Nov 18, 2013   |    comments
Projected forecast track for Sub-Tropical Storm Melissa as of Monday, November 18 2013.
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MIAMI, Florida  - Subtropical Storm Melissa has formed in the central Atlantic.

The storm's maximum sustained winds Monday are near 50 mph (85 kph) with some strengthening forecast. The storm is expected to transition to a tropical storm by Tuesday.

Melissa is centered about 695 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and is moving northwest near 9 mph.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says large swells from the storm are already affecting parts of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the southeastern Bahamas.