Here's where Tropical Depression Kirk is Sunday and where it's going

Here's where Tropical Depression Kirk is Sunday and where it's going

Kirk reached tropical storm-strength Saturday and is cruising west at about 18 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday morning. "The storm should have minimal effect on the territory based on current projections", the DDM said.

Kirk is moving "quickly westward" at 24 miles per hour, according to the NHC at 5 a.m. on Sept 24, and it has 35 miles per hour winds.

A subtropical storms means the system has characteristics of both tropical and nontropical systems. The National Hurricane Center thinks Leslie could merge with another subtropical low that could form nearby this week.

Kirk, which formed Saturday morning near the coast of Africa, is the 11th named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. The Hurricane Center forecasts slow strengthening, then weakening as the storm enters the Caribbean and undertakes a shallow curve to the west-northwest, aiming toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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NHC forecasters say that an even faster westward motion across the deep tropical Atlantic Ocean is expected through Tuesday. Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.

Leslie is about 1,245 miles (2,005 km) west of the Azores, moving southwest at about 5 mph (7 kph).

Little change in the maximum winds is forecast during the next several days. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center.

Still, most models show an increasing amount of wind shear hitting the system by Wednesday, which would weaken cyclonic development.

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"A rapid westward motion is anticipated for the next day or two".

Elsewhere over the Atlantic, forecasters are watching Tropical Depression Eleven and two other tropical waves.

The NHC also noted there is a disturbance located between the United States and Bermuda, and it is forecast to move to the west.

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