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Monday evening Tropics check (09/24/2018)

Atlantic satellite image (3:30pm 09/25/2018)
Posted at 4:30 PM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-24 12:40:37-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- The only presently named tropical system late Monday afternoon is Subtropical Storm Leslie, essentially in the middle of the North Atlantic waters, forecast to move east and northeast in the next couple of days.  Movement and form beyond the middle of the week may become erratic.

The former Tropical Storm Kirk is moving quickly to the west-northwest, a few hundred miles east of the Windward Islands.  The system has modest chances to return to tropical depression or storm status if its central low-pressure circulation can become better defined.  However, long-range expectations for stronger upper-level winds in the Caribbean Sea will hinder its chances to remain an intact tropical system later this week or early next week.

A third disturbance is a few hundred miles southeast of the Carolinas, moving west to northwest.  Though some further intensification is possible, and some rain can impact the coastal Carolinas later this week, the outlook calls for the system to turn back to the northeast by late this week, farther away from the coast and into the ocean waters.