Several areas still being monitored over the Atlantic Ocean

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -

Three tropical features are worthy of being monitored this evening over the Atlantic Ocean, but none currently pose any direct threat to Florida at this time.

Of the three regions of disturbed weather, only one is a named system, and it's days appear to be numbered.

Subtropical Storm Leslie continues producing an area of maximum sustained winds of 40 mph tonight, but its location over the ocean nearly 1,200 miles west of the Azores means that it's a non-threat to Florida regardless of its strength.

In the coming days, Leslie is expected to become what's known as a post-tropical cyclone because of interaction with a cold front moving across the northern Atlantic. Though re-strengthening is possible inside the next five days, weak steering currents mean Leslie, in whatever form it can sustain, will swirl over its own tracks and stay away from any areas of land.

 

A second area being watched is much closer to the United States. Its technical name is Invest 98L, which means it's the latest area of investigation being monitored by the National Hurricane Center. Despite relative proximity to the coast of North and South Carolina right now this is not a feature that will bother South Florida.

Regardless of any potential strengthening or being given a name, the tropical air from this system is moving west-northwest and not toward Florida. Comparatively, dry air around the system may get nudged closer to our state because of Invest 98L modestly lowering our rain coverage toward the middle and end of this week.

 

The final piece of the tropical puzzle this evening is the remnants of what was Tropical Storm Kirk. This system isn't organized enough right now to be declared a depression or storm, but that doesn't mean it's done for good. Regeneration potential is high with this system, with the National Hurricane Center putting 50% odds of redevelopment back into at least a depression before Friday.

Whether or not "Kirk" can come back to life, strong wind shear near the Caribbean may be too much for the system to overcome in the long-range outlook. We'll need to monitor what's left of the system formerly known as Kirk in the coming days.

 

Even though no systems are pointed at Southwest Florida this evening, it never hurts to brush up on your tropical weather knowledge this time of year. Visit our online hurricane guide to review what you need to know about hurricane season in South Florida.

 

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