September 30, 2007 / 1:43 PM / 12 years ago

Melissa weakens to tropical depression over Atlantic

Tropical Storm Melissa is seen in the Atlantic Ocean in a satellite image taken September 30, 2007. REUTERS/Handout

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Melissa weakened to a tropical depression in the eastern Atlantic Ocean far from land on Sunday as its winds decreased to 30 mph (45 kph) with higher gusts, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The 13th named Atlantic storm this year poses no threat to land and is not expected to strengthen in the next 24 hours, the hurricane center said.

At 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) Melissa was 570 miles west of the Cape Verde islands and was moving west northwest at 13 mph (20 kph).

“The intensity forecast maintains Melissa as a Tropical Depression during the next day or so. However, if the circulation center continues to become less defined and the depression does not generate enough organized convection ... it could become a remnant low much sooner,” the hurricane center said in a statement.

A tropical storm has sustained winds of 39 to 73 miles per hour (63-118 kph).

The 2007 Atlantic storm season, which runs through November 30, has produced four hurricanes, including Lorenzo, which crashed into Mexico’s Gulf coast on Friday and killed three people.

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