Tropical Storm Kirk speeds up as it moves west across Atlantic

Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic; three other disturbances tracked

A satellite image showing the assortment of disorganized cyclones across the Atlantic.

So far, forecast models are hinting towards the low passing near the southeast USA coast, likely near the Carolinas.

"Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for development, and a tropical depression is likely to form within the next day or so while the system moves west-northwestward well off the coast of Mexico", the NHC stated.

Interstate 40 has also been closed because of Hurricane Florence and on Sunday night it remained closed from NC 41 to Wilmington, according to the N.C. DOT web site. An inch or less would be insignificant, but anything more could exacerbate the already catastrophic flooding that continues to inundate the Carolinas. It was closed from NC 41 (Exit 385) to Wilmington.

Tropical Storm Kirk is continuing to move west across the Tropical Atlantic, but does not now pose any threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday. Anyone in the region who is concerned for their personal safety or property should contact their official national weather agency or warning centre for advice.

Like Isaac before it, Tropical Depression Eleven fizzled out in the deep tropics just east of the Lesser Antilles.

As forecasters warn of more unsafe flooding in the Carolinas from Hurricane Florence's torrential rainfall, they're also keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Kirk in the Atlantic.

Is Storm Kirk still brewing?

Meanwhile in the open Atlantic, Subtropical Storm Leslie has developed (Subtropical is simply a title to indicate that the storm is not fully tropical, which requires the storm to be well organized and have a fully warm core).

Tropical Storm Kirk has formed earlier today off the coast of Africa.

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

The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee says the money would be available as grants to states to help rebuild housing and public works, and assist businesses as they recover from the storm.

At least three of North Carolina's wild horse herds on the Outer Banks have survived Hurricane Florence, but caretakers are still trying to account for one herd living on a hard-hit barrier island.

Of course, there are still 9.5 weeks left in the season and we can not let our guard down just yet.

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