New storm Leslie appears; Kirk races across Atlantic


Tropical Storm Kirk, the 11th named storm of the season, developed on Saturday morning and is moving through an area of warm water and relatively low shear, according to AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski. The storm moving west near 5 mph towards the Windward Islands -about 500 miles away - and is expected to remain a tropical depression through Sunday afternoon.

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

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Kirk chugged across the southern Atlantic on a westward heading toward the Lesser Antilles.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) is still issuing advisories for Tropical Depression Kirk, which weakened from a tropical storm, and Subtropical Storm Leslie. While little change in intensity is expected during the next day or so, due to dry air and moderate shear, some strengthening as an extratropical low is likely due to baroclinic forcing.

Tropical Depression Eleven has been downgraded to Remnants of Eleven.

Leslie is moving a 6 miles per hour, and only a "little motion is expected today". This system could get a boost by Monday as the strong upper- level winds that are now keeping it at bay are expected to diminish.

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In the North-Central Atlantic, Leslie probably is not even subtropical.

However, Barbados is likely to experience moderate to heavy showers and occasional gusty winds from the system as it moves across the island chain late Monday into Tuesday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward from the center up to 35 miles to the northwest.

Below is additional information from the National Hurricane Center.

The other, located about 1,000 miles west-southwest of the Azores, has a 60 percent chance of formation.

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