Tropical Storm Kirk speeds up as it moves west across Atlantic

Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic; three other disturbances tracked

Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic; three other disturbances tracked

"Low- to mid-level ridging over the eastern Atlantic is expected to cause Kirk to move even faster toward the west during the next couple of days, reaching speeds of at least 22 kt in 24-36 hours".

As forecasters warn of more risky flooding in the Carolinas from Hurricane Florence's torrential rainfall, they're also keeping an eye on Tropical Depression Kirk in the Atlantic.

Tropical Depression Kirk is several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, with maximum winds of 35 mph.

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No coastal watches or warnings were in effect for either storm.

Leslie is a subtropical storm in the open Atlantic, about 1,100 miles west of the Azores.

Tropical Depression Eleven has been downgraded to Remnants of Eleven. After that time, with the development of the new low to the north, Leslie will likely move east until it becomes absorbed. "In fact, after becoming extratropical, the models show Leslie merging with another frontal low to its north, leading to the formation of a powerful slow-moving non-tropical low with gale- or storm-force winds over the central Atlantic later this week", reads a discussion of the storm.

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One is located about 200 miles south-southwest of Bermuda and has a 20 percent change of developing into a cyclone. They expect Kirk will track quickly westward over the next few days far from land. The disturbance will be traveling west and west-northwestward at about 10 miles per hour, but will again encounter upper-level winds by Wednesday as it approaches the southeastern coast of the U.S. This low, called Invest 98 for now, has been fighting a lot of wind shear, so development chances only sit at 30 percent. Weakening is likely during the middle to latter part of the week.

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