5 p.m. UPDATE: Tropical Storm Kirk continues on its rapid westward trek across the tropical Atlantic, speeding due west at 23 miles per hour, according to the latest National Hurricane Center advisory.
Kirk was located about 1,400 miles east of the Windward Islands Monday, bringing with it showers, thunderstorms and gale force winds.
Little change is forecast for the storm's intensity through Tuesday, but it looks likely to strengthen with winds kicking up to 65 mph within 48 hours, forecasters said Monday evening.
Kirk became a tropical storm on Saturday, September 22.
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Leslie is about 1,245 miles (2,005 km) west of the Azores, moving southwest at about 5 mph (7 kph).
Leslie, located about halfway over the Atlantic Ocean, has a 50 percent chance of strengthening to a cyclone within five days, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It was not clear what the system would be named if it became a tropical storm.
A storm in the eastern Atlantic has been downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression.
About 6,000 to 8,000 people are being told they should prepare to evacuate because of anticipated flooding from rivers in a coastal SC county.
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"I encourage people to take note of the Disaster Management Hotlines that are in place for emergency use, to keep monitoring the news to be informed of further developments, and to put together their emergency kits with reserves of water and other necessities in case they are needed". Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher. This low, called Invest 98 for now, has been fighting a lot of wind shear, so development chances only sit at 30 percent.
At 11 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said Kirk no longer had a closed circulation.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Kirk chugged across the southern Atlantic on a westward heading toward the Lesser Antilles.
SC also has ordered more evacuations as rivers continue to rise in the aftermath of a storm that has claimed at least 43 lives.
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