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.
The weather threatens to interfere with search, rescue and cleanup operations in the wake of the major 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has killed thousands of people with the death toll mounting.
Damaging wind and hail as large as softballs have been the main threats, and will continue to be into early Monday morning.
Sunny skies and cooler conditions will be the rule this week in Chicago.
Temperatures will have their ups and downs across the Northeast this week, starting off on a cool note before milder air moves in for the middle of the week.
Bouts of heavy rain will once again visit the Southeast this week, bringing the threat of flooding and travel delays.
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