Tracking the Tropics: Leslie joins Kirk in the tropics

No coastal warnings are watches have been issued for the storm.

Meanwhile, way out in the Central Atlantic where it's no threat to land, Subtropical Storm Leslie is spinning south at 7 miles per hour and blowing winds of 40 miles per hour, according to the center's Monday afternoon update.

Forecasters expected some strengthening through Sunday.

Conditions could become a little more favorable for development after that, and forecasters give it a 30 percent chance of becoming a named storm - again - over the next five days.

The storm had been taking a punishing pace across the Atlantic, but was unable to maintain the central organization and closed circulation that characterizes a tropical cyclone. As of the 11 AM advisory from the NHC, Leslie has maximum winds of 40 miles per hour.

Rain chances will be 40 to 50 percent all week.

Is Storm Kirk still brewing?

Kirk has hit warp speed today, now moving at 23 miles per hour.

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President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on the federal level Tuesday for the Carolinas and Virginia. Floodwaters may enter tens of thousands of structures and could make many uninhabitable.

Kirk has degenerated and dissipated, Leslie is expected to merge with another front by mid-week, and the southeastern coast of the USA could get another soaker.

Up to 8,000 residents in Georgetown, South Carolina, are on standby for evacuation ahead of two rivers bursting their banks.

Georgetown County spokeswoman Jackie Broach-Akers said officials were planning on going door-to-door and residents were being "strongly urged" to leave. The National Hurricane Center thinks Leslie could merge with another subtropical low that could form nearby this week. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Farther southeast, Tropical Storm Kirk is moving quickly west across the eastern Atlantic and is expected to pick up speed in the next few days.

The scientists also cite changing housing development patterns for increasing the number of homes affected by storm surge, with more properties being developed on wetlands, farms and conserved areas.

The Penderlea Fire Department posted similar photos and video of firefighters using a hose to wash the fish off the pavement. A stretch of I-95 closed in the southeastern part of the state around Lumberton after Florence made landfall on September 14.

SC also has ordered more evacuations as rivers continue to rise in the aftermath of a storm that has claimed at least 43 lives.

  • Douglas Reid