TROPICS: Subtropical Storm Leslie in open Atlantic; Kirk moving west

A sign commemorating the rebuilding of the town of Nichols which was flooded two years earlier from Hurricane Matthew stands in floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Nichols S.C. Friday Sept. 21 2018. Virtually the entire town is onc

It is now about 425 miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands with sustained winds of 40 mph, and is moving west-northwest at 16 mph.

The NHC said in an 5 p.m. advisory Leslie remained a subtropical storm but was expected to be a short-lived cyclone as it was moving west at 3 mph at 40 mph 1145 miles west-southwest of the Azores.

Kirk, which became the season's 11th named storm on Saturday, has weakened to a depression but could see some restrengthening before hitting the "ever-present wall of wind shear" near the Lesser Antilles, Masters said.

Subtropical Storm Leslie, located in the north-central Atlantic, posed no threat to the Caribbean and no immediate threat to land.

"Leslie is forecast to strengthen when it merges with a frontal system in two or three days, " the hurricane center said. Leslie is only moving west at about 3 miles per hour and isn't expected to move very far in the next two days, forecasters say.

Conditions for development look pretty good for the next day or so but will likely deteriorate by the time the disturbance nears the southeastern US coast.

This alert is provided by Tropical Storm Risk (TSR).

Kirk is moving west at 25 miles per hour.

A subtropical storms means the system has characteristics of both tropical and nontropical systems.

Broach-Akers says people in the potential flood zones should plan to leave their homes Monday. During its peak, it had winds of 40 miles per hour. There are several areas the First Coast News Storm Experts are watching closely.

However, "upper-level winds" are expected to increase, limiting the storm's chances for developing even more as it moves near the U.S. East Coast, according to the NHC.

The first major hurricane of the season, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane the morning of September 14 at Wrightsville Beach, NC.

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