Kirk expected to move more quickly west through ocean

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The system, one of four the center is watching, was expected to be upgraded by Friday night and followed through, with winds now at 30 miles per hour and moving west at 3 miles per hour as of Saturday's 11 a.m. advisory. A faster westward motion across the deep tropical Atlantic Ocean is expected Sunday through Tuesday.Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

A faster westward motion across the deep tropical Atlantic Ocean is expected Sunday through Tuesday. Forecasters say shower and thunderstorm activity continues to become better organized near the center of a low pressure system located about 500 miles south of the southern Cabo Verde Islands, and a tropical depression appears to be forming. NHC says little change in strength is forecast during the next couple of days, and Leslie is forecast to be merge with a larger non-tropical low by the middle of the week.

Subtropical storm Leslie formed on Sunday.

"Later in the forecast period, increasing westerly shear should cause weakening ..."

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

The Weather Authority is tracking four tropical disturbances or depression (s) brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. Leslie is not expected to hang around for very long - a new low, one that could become a named storm itself - is forecast to develop north of Leslie and absorb the storm.

As forecasters warn of more risky flooding in the Carolinas from Hurricane Florence's torrential rainfall, they're also keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Kirk in the Atlantic. "The latter models suggest that Kirk could open up into a trough when it nears the Caribbean", according to a discussion of Kirk at 11 a.m.

Forecasters are also watching Tropical Depression 11 near the Windward Islands and keeping a close eye on three other areas of disturbed weather in the Atlantic. They identified an area that needed to be repaired, and a contractor was immediately sent to the site and began the repairs Sunday afternoon.

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