The Windward Islands of the eastern Caribbean are expected to be first the feel the impacts of the building storm. Some strengthening is forecast through Sunday night, with little change in intensity expected on Monday and Tuesday. So at this point, Kirk is expected to stay a tropical storm.
In a Sunday morning update, the NHC said: "Kirk has been accelerating since yesterday, and the current motion is westward, or 280 degrees, at 16 kt".
Kirk is predicted to make an even faster westward motion across the deep tropical Atlantic Ocean through Tuesday but weakening is likely during the middle to latter part of the week.
"If these trends continue, advisories will be initiated on this system later today while the low moves westward at about 20 miles per hour".
Forecasters said Kirk had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and tropical storm-force winds extending to 70 miles from the centre.
There are no coastal watches or warnings associated with Leslie.
"Kirk is moving through an environment of warm water and within an area of relatively low shear", AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.
The Ministry in a statement on Sunday said Trinidad and Tobago now falls within the forecast cone of the Tropical Storm, which has moved the Disaster Management Units (DMUs) to begin preparations in the event that it reaches our shores later this week.
The schedule is sent to all Disaster Management Units and outlines the steps to be taken from 100 hours prior, to the time a storm or hurricane makes landfall.
Tropical Disturbance 2: A broad area of low pressure located about 200 miles south of Bermuda is producing only minimal shower activity.
It was located about 1,170 miles west-southwest of the Azores and moving west at 3 mph, the hurricane center said.
The Weather Authority is tracking four tropical disturbances or depression (s) brewing in the Atlantic Ocean.
But in the center's 11 a.m. advisory, that system jumped to name status: Tropical Storm Kirk.