Nor’easter becomes Subtropical Storm Melissa off New England coast

  • Nor’easter becomes Subtropical Storm Melissa off New England coast

Nor’easter becomes Subtropical Storm Melissa off New England coast

The nor'easter affecting parts of the East Coast has a new name: Subtropical Storm Melissa.

Convection increased near the center of the nor'easter located southeast of New England overnight.

According to the 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, Melissa is packing 65 miles per hour winds and is moving toward the south-southwest near 3 miles per hour. A large convective area persists over the northern semicircle, and this structure indicated the system has transitioned to a subtropical cyclone.

The storm is forecast to begin moving away from the United States on Friday night and gradually weaken over the next couple of days. Forecasters don't expect that to happen with Melissa, however. Melissa is expected to weaken over the next few days and lose subtropical characteristics Saturday. On this track, Melissa will move away from the U.S. East Coast.