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

Clay Curtis
September 24, 2018

Conditions are expected to become conducive for the low to acquire subtropical or tropical characteristics, and a subtropical or tropical cyclone is likely to form by early next week while the low meanders over the central Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Depression Kirk is continuing to move west across the Tropical Atlantic, but does not now pose any threat to land, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said late Sunday.

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

Forecasters said Kirk had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and tropical storm-force winds extending to 70 miles from the centre.

"An even faster westward motion across the deep tropical Atlantic Ocean is expected through Tuesday", the public advisory says.

According to meteorologists with The Weather Channel and AccuWeather, Tropical Storm Kirk developed Saturday morning about 450 miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands.

That should slow the storm's progress, and a weaken Kirk is forecast to travel past Barbados and St. Lucia and into the Caribbean about 400 miles southeast of Puerto Rico by Friday afternoon.

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"A high level of uncertainty exists with the track and development of Tropical Storm Kirk as it continues to move west".

Some strengthening is forecast through Sunday, with little change in intensity forecast on Monday and Tuesday.

The Ministry reiterated that T&T is not under a Tropical Storm watch/warning at this time, but urged the public to monitor official weather reports in the coming days.

The other system - north of South Florida - has a 30 percent chance of forming into a tropical cyclone, the National Hurricane Center says. It will most likely be absorbed by a larger low in a couple days.

The 5 a.m. update on Tropical Depression 11.

Tropical Depression Eleven is still expected to dissipate in the next day or so, without causing problems for land, the center said. However, they add it may begin weakening in the middle of the week.

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