However, meteorologists predict Melissa will slow into a post-tropical storm by today, and dissipate shortly after that, the center said.
Most long range computer models keep the system weak as it interacts with a front draped across the southern U.S. Moisture from the system will interact with the front to spread locally heavy rainfall across portions of the northern Gulf Coast late this week into this weekend.
The hurricane center said an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system this afternoon.
Forecasters say it's still too early to tell where the system may go but they recommend those living along the northern Gulf Coast, including Florida, continue to monitor the system in the next few days.
A subtropical storm isn't a fully tropical system but has some of those features. If it becomes a tropical storm, it would be named Nestor. Tropical moisture spreading into the southeastern United States will likely bring rain to North Carolina over the weekend.
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Otherwise this system moves east quickly Friday night and Saturday is looking mainly dry.
As we get closer to the end of hurricane season, we focus our attention to the western Gulf for possible development later this week.
"Rainfall would be the greatest threat, with potentially up to 5" of rain for the Panhandle of Florida, but locally we could see up to 2-3" over a two-day period (Sunday and Monday).
The Tallahassee National Weather Service is already warning of rain and thunderstorms beginning Friday as well as high winds and sea levels.