Depression & Storm Currently In Atlantic Area

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In a 5 p.m. update, the National Hurricane Center said Kirk was 430 miles (690 kilometers) south of the Cabo Verde Islands, moving west-northwest at 15 mph (24 kph) with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph). Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect and no hazards affecting land.

Tropical Storm Kirk is not a threat to Jamaica. Some strengthening is forecast through Sunday, with little change in intensity expected on Monday and Tuesday. Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.

Forecasters say the system is likely to dissipate within a day or two.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Kirk chugged across the southern Atlantic on a westward heading toward the Lesser Antilles.

Heavy rain dropped almost 5 inches of rain in western Virginia and eastern West Virginia overnight causing numerous reports of flash flooding in the region. The depression is moving toward the northwest near 6 miles per hour (9 km/h).

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There are now no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Tropical storm force winds could begin along the coast Wednesday evening and have the potential to impact the Triangle.

According to the discussion: "Leslie is embedded within very light steering currents, and most likely the cyclone will be meandering today and tomorrow". The NHC projects the storm to remain at tropical storm status as it approaches the Lesser Antilles at the end of the workweek.

Tropical Depression 11 bit the dust late Sunday morning after running into high wind shear. Further weakened by dry air and strong wind shear, Isaac dissipated in the Caribbean on September 15.

"Along with the rest of the nation, I pray that we are not affected, and hope that the system weakens and veers away from the island chain altogether, but the DMUs and the Ministry are getting organized just in case".

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until November 30.

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