Tropical Storm Kirk forms in Atlantic Ocean

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Starting out in the Pacific, we have an area marked in red starting 300 miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico.

If the area of low pressure near the Carolinas were to become a named storm it would be Michael. The Hurricane Center forecasts slow strengthening, then weakening as the storm enters the Caribbean and undertakes a shallow curve to the west-northwest, aiming toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti. So as of now, no concerns here at home for the next 5 days. West of that low is the area highlighted in yellow. Leslie will most likely become absorbed by a stronger low that is expected to form to the north later this week. The depression had been approaching the Lesser Antilles but thanks to hostile winds only a cyclonic wisp of clouds remained.

The storm had been taking a punishing pace across the Atlantic, but was unable to maintain the central organization and closed circulation that characterizes a tropical cyclone.

As of the National Hurricane Center's 11 p.m. ET Sunday update, Leslie was slowly moving southwest at 5 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. The outgoing forecast doesn't have Leslie becoming a threat to nearby land.

Farther southeast, Tropical Storm Kirk is moving quickly west across the eastern Atlantic and is expected to pick up speed in the next few days.

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Tropical Storm Kirk has formed earlier today off the coast of Africa. It gives that disturbance a 50 percent chance of developing in the next five days.

Upper-level winds are expected to increase, limiting chances for additional development while the system moves near the southeastern USA coast.

Hedges told the News-Argus of Goldsboro that she felt she had to help the animals brought to her during the storm.

The Ministry reiterated that T&T is not under a Tropical Storm watch/warning at this time, but urged the public to monitor official weather reports in the coming days.