Saturday, February 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

No threat to land, subtropical storm Melissa nears hurricane status in Atlantic

Subtropical Storm Melissa has strengthened to near-hurricane status as it continues to head north in the central Atlantic Ocean.

The storm was about 1,000 miles east of Bermuda early Tuesday and is not expected to impact land. It had sustained winds of 65 mph.

If the storm achieves hurricane strength, 74 mph winds, it will have made the transition from subtropical to tropical, essentially a tighter system fueled primarily by warm water.

It would be the third hurricane of the 2013 season.

Hurricane season ends on November 30.

This season has been relatively quiet.

The total of 13 named storms is about what forecasters expected. But only two hurricanes have formed and neither of those were major hurricanes, with winds of 111 mph.

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