MIAMI — Subtropical Storm Melissa has formed in the central Atlantic Ocean, but it isn’t expected to threaten North America.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds Monday are near 50 mph (85 kph) with some strengthening forecast.
The storm is expected to transition to a tropical storm by Tuesday.
Melissa is centered about 695 miles (1,120 kilometers) east-southeast of Bermuda and is moving northwest near 9 mph (15 kph). It is expected to turn to the north by Tuesday, then to the northeast away from North America.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says large swells from the storm are affecting parts of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the southeastern Bahamas. Tropical storm force winds extend about 275 miles from the center.