Leslie, Kirk & Ileana still churning

Sept. 1, 2012 at 6:47 PM

MIAMI, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Tropical Storms Leslie, Kirk and Ileana were still active Saturday evening but only Leslie posed a future threat to land, U.S. forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 5 p.m. EDT advisory that while Leslie was becoming less organized it still was packing sustained winds of 65 mph as it churned west-northwest across the southern Atlantic Ocean at 18 mph. Leslie, centered about 330 miles east-northeast of the Leeward Islands, was pushing tropical storm-force winds outward up to160 miles.

Forecasters said they expect Leslie to slow down Sunday as it passes well to the northeast of the Leeward Islands but not gain strength. Swells generated by the storm could affect parts of the Leewards through the weekend and begin to affect Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Sunday.

Meanwhile, Kirk was out in the northern Atlantic, centered about 665 miles southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland, and about 935 miles west-northwest of the Azores. Kirk's winds were hitting about 65 mph as it raced to the northeast at 29 mph.

Kirk was expected pick up even more forward speed over the next day or so while losing some strength. Kirk is forecast to become post-tropical Sunday and be absorbed by a front by Monday

Out in the Pacific Ocean, Ileana was expected to become a remnant low Sunday. The storm, producing sustained winds of 40 mph, was centered about 625 miles west of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, as it headed west at 40 mph.

None of the three storms were close enough to land to require the posting of any watches or warnings, the hurricane center said.

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