NOAA: Tropical Storm Kirk 2018 Projected Path, Spaghetti Models

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour with higher gusts

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour with higher gusts

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.

Subtropical Storm Leslie became the 12th named storm, but does not pose a threat to land at all. Kirk has hit warp speed today, now moving at 23 miles per hour.

In the next few days, Kirk will likely run into strong wind shear, causing the storm to weaken as it approaches the Lesser Antilles, the Hurricane Center said.

The latest forecast says Kirk was moving west near 14 miles per hour and a westward to west- northwestward motion at a similar forward speed is expected to continue through tonight. 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.

That includes the former Tropical Depression Eleven, which dissipated on Sunday morning before reaching the islands. This is due to a cold front moving through and stalling just to the south of us. The center puts a formation chance into a depression at 10 percent over the next two days and 30 percent through Wednesday or Thursday.

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 Kirk was accelerating westward over the eastern tropical Atlantic as Subtropical Storm Leslie formed Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Environmental conditions are forecast to become slightly more conducive for development during the next couple of days while the system moves west-northwest.

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