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Tropical Storm Melissa: Thursday Afternoon Update

...MELISSA EXPECTED TO BECOME POST-TROPICAL TONIGHT...
...GALE-FORCE WINDS EXPECTED OVER PORTIONS OF THE AZORES...


SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...40.9N 32.1W
ABOUT 340 MI...545 KM NW OF THE AZORES
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...65 MPH...100 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...ENE OR 70 DEGREES AT 28 MPH...44 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...980 MB...28.94 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.

GALE-FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED OVER PORTIONS OF THE WESTERN AND
CENTRAL AZORES TONIGHT.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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AT 500 PM AST...2100 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM MELISSA WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 40.9 NORTH...LONGITUDE 32.1 WEST. MELISSA IS
MOVING TOWARD THE EAST-NORTHEAST NEAR 28 MPH...44 KM/H.  A DECREASE
IN FORWARD SPEED AND A TURN TOWARD THE EAST ARE FORECAST DURING THE
NEXT DAY OR SO...FOLLOWED BY A TURN TO THE SOUTHEAST ON SATURDAY. 
ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF MELISSA WILL PASS NORTH OF
THE WESTERN AZORES LATER TODAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 65 MPH...100 KM/H...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS.  SOME WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS...AND
MELISSA IS FORECAST TO LOSE TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS THIS EVENING
OR EARLY FRIDAY.  

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 275 MILES...445 KM
FROM THE CENTER.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 980 MB...28.94 INCHES.


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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WIND...GALE-FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO AFFECT PORTIONS OF THE
WESTERN AND CENTRAL AZORES TONIGHT.

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