Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic; three other disturbances tracked

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"Low- to mid-level ridging over the eastern Atlantic is expected to cause Kirk to move even faster toward the west during the next couple of days, reaching speeds of at least 22 kt in 24-36 hours".

Local forecasters continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Depression #11 and Tropical Storm Kirk.

As for Kirk, it was located about 950 miles west-southwest of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands and about 1,615 miles east of the Windward Islands, the 5 a.m. advisory showed. 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.

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.

Forecasters say the system is likely to dissipate within a day or two.

Tropical Depression Eleven is now about 440 miles east of the Windward Islands with sustained winds of 30 mph, and moving northwest at 3 mph. 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. Leslie is moving south at 6 miles per hour.

Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic; three other disturbances tracked
Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic; three other disturbances tracked

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) to the north of the center of the tropical cyclone.

Rain chances will be 40 to 50 percent all week.

Leslie, which became the 12th named storm was expected to move slowly Sunday and Monday, the NHC said.

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.

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