Tropical Storm Kirk forms off African coast

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Kirk reached tropical storm-strength Saturday and is cruising west at about 18 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday morning. A westward motion at a similar forward speed is expected to continue through tonight.

Tropical Storm Kirk is still a ways away, but moving a little faster over the open Atlantic.

The current forecast track has Kirk reaching the Lesser Antilles late this week as a weakening Tropical Storm. Kirk was barely hanging on as a tropical storm with only 40 miles per hour winds thanks to lots of African dust in its path. So far, none of these systems are expected to have direct impact on the Florida peninsula.

Subtropical Storm Leslie became the 12th named storm, but does not pose a threat to land at all.

Tropical Disturbance 2: A broad area of low pressure located about 200 miles south of Bermuda is producing only minimal shower activity.

The 5 a.m. update on Tropical Depression 11.

By the middle of next week, upper-level winds are likely to strengthen again, which would limit additional development as the system moves closer to the southeastern coast of the United States. We'll be tracking the latest developments from the First Alert Hurricane Center.

As of 5 a.m., Kirk was 465 miles south-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, heading west at 18 mph.

That was the scenario Sunday morning as forecasters at the National Hurricane Center watched four tropical weather systems in the Atlantic basin - a pair of minimal tropical storms, a dissipating tropical depression and another disturbance that could threaten the flood-weary Carolinas. This frontal location will not change much in the coming days, effectively pulling Gulf moisture onshore and along this frontal boundary. Temperatures will only warm to the upper 70s but that is where we should be for this time of year.

The National Hurricane Center is also now monitoring two other areas of disturbed weather in the Atlantic. This front will also help to bring high temperatures down into the mid to low 80s through the remainder of the workweek.

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