While Tropical Depression Kirk bears watching, system between Bermuda, Bahamas could develop

Tropical Storm Kirk Forms, Has Sustained Winds at 40 mph and is Moving West at 14 MPH |

Depression & Storm Currently In Atlantic Area

Conditions are favorable that this one could gain subtropical or tropical characteristics, forecasters say, and "a subtropical or tropical cyclone is likely to form by early next week while the low meanders over the central Atlantic Ocean".

After taking a week off, the tropics are back at it again with Tropical Storm Kirk and Subtropical Storm Leslie forming over the weekend and a disturbance aiming at the already storm-weary North Carolina coast.

Meanwhile, Kirk was moving at a fast 23 miles per hour westward across the Tropical Atlantic. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour (65 kph) with higher gusts.

In the next few days, Kirk will likely run into strong wind shear, causing the storm to weaken as it approaches the Lesser Antilles, the Hurricane Center said.

While some storms are just getting started, Tropical Depression 11 near the Windward Islands dissipated Sunday afternoon.

Kirk will be moving over increasingly warmer waters and through a relatively low-shear environment for the next 2-3 days, which should allow for some strengthening, according to the NHC. So far, none of these systems are expected to have direct impact on the Florida peninsula. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward from the center up to 35 miles to the northwest.

Leslie, which became the 12th named storm was expected to move slowly Sunday and Monday, the NHC said.

The other, located about 1,000 miles west-southwest of the Azores, has a 60 percent chance of formation.

Rain chances will be 40 to 50 percent all week.

"Little change in strength is forecast during the next day or so, but Leslie is forecast to strengthen when it merges with a frontal system in two to three days", the hurricane center added.

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