Tropical Depression Kirk in the Atlantic.

The storm has maximum sustained winds near 40 miles per hour and tropical storm winds extend up to 70 miles to the north of the center.

Some strengthening is forecast through Sunday, with little change in intensity forecast on Monday and Tuesday.

As of 5 a.m., Kirk was 465 miles south-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, heading west at 18 mph.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb (29.68 inches).

The National Hurricane Center is also now monitoring two other areas of disturbed weather in the Atlantic.

"That means even if this does develop, it will likely miss Florida and move north, impacting the Carolinas", News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.

But by mid-week, those upper-level winds are expected to kick in again, which would stifle further development as the system moves closer to the southeastern coast of the United States. The storm is expected to reach the Lesser Antilles still at tropical storm strength by Friday, though some weakening is expected.

Kirk is expected to speed up through the weekend but, "will not be a threat to land during the next few days", Kottlowski said. The disturbance will be traveling west and west-northwestward at about 10 miles per hour, but will again encounter upper-level winds by Wednesday as it approaches the southeastern coast of the U.S. The storm is located about 1,200 miles west of the Azores Islands. It gives that disturbance a 50 percent chance of developing in the next five days.

The weather system named Kirk has downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression and is expected to pass a considerable distance away from the BVI late this week.

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