Tropical Storm Kirk gaining speed in Atlantic

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Kirk pushed westward in the eastern Atlantic as a tropical storm before weakening to a tropical depression on Sunday night. The 4 PM CST Advisory had Leslie located 1,185 miles west of the Azores with sustained wind speeds of 40 mph and a minimum pressure of 1004 millibars. Leslie is not expected to strengthen much in the next few days, while slowly moving out to sea in an east/northeast direction.

"Environmental conditions are expected to become slightly more conducive for development during the next day or so while the system moves west-northwestward to northwestward". It was not clear what the system would be named if it became a tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Kirk isn't likely to become a hurricane, but it could dump heavy rain on the Lesser Antilles Islands next week, according to the latest forecast models. During its peak, it had winds of 40 miles per hour. Finally, a non-tropical low could form just to the north of Leslie by Wednesday.

Kirk, losing some structure, is now a tropical depression as it meanders west. For Leslie, 40 mph winds winds extend outward up to 230 miles from the center.


Fall officially arrived on Saturday at 9:54 p.m.

Finally, Tropical Depression 11 is no more.

"That means even if this does develop, it will likely miss Florida and move north, impacting the Carolinas", News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. NHC says little change in strength is forecast during the next couple of days, and Leslie is forecast to be merge with a larger non-tropical low by the middle of the week. In a statement posted online, they quipped: "We can add "washing fish off of the interstate" to the long list of interesting things firefighters get to experience".

Kirk expected to pass south of the BVI on Friday, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said in its latest weather update Monday morning. It's 415 miles east-northeast of the Windward Islands and had maximum sustained winds of 30 mph.

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