Tropical Storm Melissa is accelerating east-northeastward across the northeastern Atlantic Ocean. Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 mph. Melissa is located about 1000 miles west of the Azores.
The storm is expected to move quickly toward the east-northeast through Friday. Little change in strength is expected in the short-term but Melissa will begin to lose tropical characteristics by Thursday.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic Basin, tropical cyclone formation is not expected through Friday.