Kirk Turns Into Tropical Depression, Continues Move Westward Across Atlantic

Monday, September 24th 2018, 4:06 am
By: News On 6

Tropical Depression Kirk is continuing to move west across the Atlantic, but does not currently pose any threat to land, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said late Sunday. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Kirk was about 835 miles west-southwest of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands and is moving westward about 25 mph, according to NHC's 11 p.m. advisory. Kirk has sustained winds of 35 mph. It was originally a tropical storm earlier Sunday.

NHC says it is possible that Kirk could degenerate into a trough of low pressure during the next day or two while it moves quickly across the tropical central Atlantic.

Kirk became the 11th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which goes until Nov. 30.

Meanwhile, Subtropical Storm Leslie formed Sunday morning in the North Atlantic. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. NHC says little change in strength is forecast during the next couple of days, and Leslie is forecast to be merge with a larger non-tropical low by the middle of the week.

Leslie was about 1,245 miles west of the Azores, moving southwest at about 5 mph.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.