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Melissa Finally Becomes Post-Tropical Tonight

UPDATED 10 PM EST, November 21, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Matt Mehallow

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After spending a brief time as a full-blown tropical cyclone, Melissa has lost its tropical characteristics and is now post-tropical as it weakens over the colder central Atlantic Ocean.

As of 11 p.m. AST (10 p.m. EST), Post-Tropical Cyclone Melissa was located near 41.5 N and 29.0 W, or about 265 miles north-northwest of the Azores. Melissa`s top sustained winds are 50 mph, and its minimum central pressure is 983 mb, or 29.03 inches of mercury. Melissa is moving to the east-northeastward at 28 mph.

Tropical Storm Melissa has lost its tropical characteristics today, and has transitioned into a post-tropical storm with gale-force winds.

Other than impacting the shipping lanes along its Central and North Atlantic route the next couple days, Melissa could also threaten the western and central Azores with gale-force winds on tonight and Friday.

The story for Melissa is similar to the other tropical storms that have formed this year. Humberto, Jerry and Lorenzo all ambled around the central Atlantic, never affecting any land masses. Only Ingrid, Chantal, Fernand and Barry caused significant damage as they came ashore in Mexico this year. Overall, there have been 47 deaths, with half occurring from September`s Hurricane Ingrid.

Officially, the 2013 Atlantic Basin hurricane season winds down on November 30. However, the season occasionally extends beyond this "final" date, with additional storms lasting through the early part of December.

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