Nov 18, 2013 10:00 AM by Dave Baker
A strong low pressure area in the middle part of the Atlantic is trying to acquire tropical characteristics and has been named a "subtropical" storm early Monday.
Melissa is located about 700 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and is drifting northwest at 9mph. Winds are at 50mph with some higher gusts. A slow turn to the north is expected tomorrow and then northeast with an increase in forward speed on Wednesday.
Strengthening is forecast and may transition to a full tropical storm by Tuesday. Tropical storm force winds extend up to 275 miles from the center mainly in the northeast quadrant. Large swells may impact parts of Bermuda and the northern Caribbean Islands. No other land threat is expected from Melissa.