Tropical Update: Down to one named system, but more development possible

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This morning we are down to just one named system in the Atlantic, and while other waves are being monitored, southwest Florida is not being threatened at this time.

 

Leslie is now a subtropical depression, but some gradual strengthening is expected within the next 24-48 hours. Regardless of that potential upgrade back to a subtropical storm, Leslie is still churning in the middle of the Atlantic not impacting any landmasses.

 

Closer to home, a system that has not been named yet (but is called Invest 98) is getting plenty of attention due to it's proximity to the east coast of the United States.

Over the next 48 hours it has been given a 50% chance for tropical development, but even if it doesn't completely develop into a tropical system, models are projecting it to move very close to the coast of the Carolinas. The moisture with this system could bring more rain to the areas already battling damage and flooding left over from Florence.

We also have the remnants of Kirk, which became a disorganized area of showers and storms late yesterday morning. There is, however, a chance that we will see these remnants gain back tropical characteristics as it moves toward the Caribbean.

There are a few things working against Kirk redeveloping, however, and one of them is the strong wind shear. As the remnants of Kirk (still very quickly) move off to the west, it will run into that "wall" of wind shear (the red in the graphic below) that has settled into the Caribbean Sea over the last few weeks

The wind shear is working against Kirk, but we will monitor this as it makes its westward move in case more updates are needed. You can count on the NBC2 Hurricane Tracking Team to bring you that information.

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