Miami – The subtropical storm Melissa, which formed Friday in the Atlantic southeast of New England (USA), continues to move away from the United States to the east-northeast and is expected to lower the strength of its winds in the coming hours until it becomes tropical depression.
At 11 am this Saturday (3:00 pm GMT), Melissa was located by the National Hurricane Center (NHC, based in Miami) approximately 265 miles (430 km) southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts (USA). ).
With a translation speed of about 10 miles per hour (17 km / h), the storm will continue to move away from the coasts of the Mid-Atlantic and New England, says the NHC bulletin.RELATED
The maximum sustained winds of this organism are about 50 mph (85 km / h), although with higher gusts.
A slow weakening is expected today, with a faster rate of weakening at night. It is predicted that Melissa will become a post-tropical remnant under Sunday.
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.
They became hurricanes Barry, Humberto, Jerry and Dorian, the latter the most powerful of the current season and which 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.