Leslie still spinning in open ocean, Kirk dissipates again

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Storms have dissipated and then regenerated, but right now there is no threat to land from any tropical systems and no threats to Southwest Florida.

Subtropical Storm Leslie was upgraded Friday evening again. While it is determined not to let go just yet, Leslie is remaining in the open ocean, not impacting any landmasses, despite some strengthening.

During Leslie's lifespan, it has remained a Subtropical Storm, meaning it hasn't gotten all its energy from the warm ocean water, it got some from upper-level systems (similar to how strong storms get their strength in the Midwest)

 Leslie is expected to gain "full tropical status" by the middle of this upcoming week, however. The main reasons being the movement south into warm ocean water and moving away from the influence of that upper-level system. While it is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane by that time, no landmasses will be impacted by Leslie.

And continuing with our roller-coaster theme, Kirk is (once again) no more. Late last night Kirk was found to no longer have a center of circulation which indicates it is no longer a tropical cyclone.

 The strong wind shear in place over the Caribbean Sea really took its toll on Kirk. In the above image, you can see the wind shear pushing the storm activity associated with Kirk well off to the east. That's the strong winds just pushing and pulling it apart. There's quite a bit of that still in place, so it will be difficult for Kirk to develop into something tropical for the third time, but as always we will monitor these remnants and alert you first of any changes.

 There are no other areas of investigation in the tropics at this point in time.