Atlantic hurricane season ramps up again with development of Leslie, Kirk
By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
September 26, 2018, 12:34:09 PM EDT
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Following a brief lull in tropical weather across the Atlantic Basin, two storms were named over the past weekend and a third bears watching for development.
Tropical Storm Kirk developed on Saturday morning. It formed at 8.3 degrees north latitude, making it the lowest latitude at which an Atlantic named storm has formed since 1902. Kirk weakened to a tropical rainstorm early this week, but regained tropical storm status early Wednesday morning.
"Kirk will not be a threat to land until the end of the week," AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said. This will give those potentially in its track plenty of time to prepare.
The first areas to feel the impacts of Kirk will likely be the Windward Islands of the eastern Caribbean. Swells churned up by the storm could be noticeable on eastern-facing shores by Thursday.
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"It could threaten parts of the Windward Islands with strong to perhaps damaging winds and heavy rainfall by Thursday night or Friday," Kottlowski warned.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic, Subtropical Storm Leslie formed on Sunday morning between Bermuda and the Azores but was downgraded to a subtropical depression late Sunday evening.
Leslie was declared a non-tropical storm on Tuesday midday. However, it too may regain sub-tropical storm status later this week.
There are no immediate impacts to land.
Another tropical concern off of the North Carolina coast will likely lose its opportunity to develop after Wednesday morning.
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