Sun. Jan 19th, 2020

It forms in the Atlantic Melissa, a late and northern storm

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported Friday the formation in the Atlantic of the subtropical storm Melissa, which is located in the southeast of New England (USA), where its effects are already felt: winds, floods due to sea rising and surf.

Melissa, subtropical because it is a hybrid between cold-core (winter) and hot-core (summer) storms, is located about 190 miles (300 km) south of Nantucket, in Massachusetts, and has maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 km / h).

It moves in a south-west direction at 3 miles per hour (6 km / h) and tonight it will increase speed and turn east-northeast, direction it will maintain during the weekend, according to forecasts.

According to the trajectory pattern, the center of Melisssa will move away from the east coast of the United States, while there will be a gradual weakening in the coming days.

By Saturday night, it will no longer have subtropical storm characteristics, according to forecasts.

However, Melissa's winds extend up to 345 miles (555 km) from its center and are felt today in Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

In addition, coastal flooding is expected on portions of the US east coast, from the mid-Atlantic coast to the south of New England, while the surf affects most of the east coast, part of the Bahamas, the Islands Bermuda and even the Atlantic coast of Canada.

The hurricane season in the Atlantic basin runs from June 1 to November 30 and so far there have been storms Andrea, Chantal, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Imelda, Karen and now Melissa.

Hurricanes Barry, Humberto, Jerry and Dorian arrived, the most powerful of the current season and left a balance of 60 fatalities and 1,208 missing in the Bahamas in September.

According to the National Administration of Oceans and Atmosphere of the United States (NOAA), for the 2010 season, 10 to 17 named tropical storms are expected, that is, with winds over 39 miles per hour or more (63 km / h), and five to nine hurricanes, with winds of 74 miles per hour or more (120 km / h),

This is a season with a 45% chance of an "above normal" activity, which is 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major ones.

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