Kirk remains a hurricane, while Tropical Storm Leslie will require an even closer watch in the coming days.
Kirk became organized enough to be named a tropical storm in the central Atlantic on late Tuesday night. Since Kirk has been named, the storm has continued to strengthen while tracking over warm water with favorable environmental conditions.
That trend will continue with Kirk forecast to travel through an environment of little wind shear and limited dry air. It is possible that Kirk could strengthen into a major hurricane later today or at the very least maintain its strength as a Category 2 storm.
Satellite loop of Kirk from NOAA.
Kirk is turning to the northeast into the weekend, keeping the storm away from any land over the next several days. However, there are implications for Europe's weather.
Some of Kirk's moisture may get absorbed into a storm that can lead to heavy rain across Ireland, Scotland and Norway early next week, AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Leslie formed farther south in the central Atlantic on Thursday. The system has become organized rather quickly with favorable conditions in place.
Continued strengthening is likely over the next several days as Leslie tracks over increasingly warm waters and through an environment with low shear and minimal dry air. AccuWeather.com Meteorologists anticipate Leslie to become a hurricane by the weekend.
Steering flow to the west-northwest could bring this next system north of the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico by Labor Day weekend.
Bermuda and interests along the East Coast of the U.S. should monitor Leslie closely.
Meteorologist Matt Alto contributed to the content of this story.
A major Thanksgiving Day storm threatens to ruin holiday events across the Central states with flooding rain, snow, a glaze of ice and fog.
Hurricane Sandra, located hundreds of miles southwest of Mexico, is becoming better organized and will likely track northward through the rest of the week.
Wet weather will stretch from Texas to Michigan and could impact shoppers and slow travel during Black Friday.
Winterlike conditions will continue disrupt travel across the Intermountain West leading up to Thanksgiving.
Compared to Thanksgiving Day in 2014, this Thanksgiving will be substantially warmer in the Northeast.
A couple of days of drier weather is expected across southern India before downpours return and renew the threat of flooding this weekend.
Great Appalachian Storm (24th-26th) developed greatest wind force, deepest snow, most severe early-season cold in history of the Northeast: 18.8 inches of snow at Akron, OH; Youngstown, OH, had a maximum 24-hour snowfall of 20.7 inches and a maximum single storm total of 28.7 inches; Steubenville, OH, had a maximum single storm total of 36.3 inches; Pittsburgh, PA, had a maximum 24-hour snowfall of 20.1 inches and a maximum single storm total of 27.7 inches; and Charleston, WV had a maximum 24-hour snowfall of 15.1 inches and a maximum single storm total of 25.6 inches. At coastal stations such as Newark and Boston single-minute wind speeds in excess of 80 mph were registered. There was a 108 mph gust at Newark. Peak gusts of 110 were noticed at Concord, NH; 108 mph at Newark, NJ; and 100 mph at Hartford, CT. Atop Mt. Washington, a wind gust of 160 mph hit from the southeast early on the 26th. Central Park, in the heart of sheltered Manhattan Island, set an 80-year record of 70 mph.
Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton (1971)
Heavy snowfall in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. It started to snow the night before, and by about noon Thanksgiving Day 11/25/71, 20.5 inches of snow was reported on the ground at the Avoca, PA airport. Some of the surrounding areas had even more snow. Dallas, PA, had 27 inches and parts of the Poconos had as much as 30 inches. Barn roofs collapsed, power lines were downed, and tree branches were broken. The majority of the snow fell within 12 hours.
A dozen tornadoes across these states.