Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Tropical Storm Kirk forms in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Kirk forms in the Atlantic

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".

"An even faster westward motion across the tropical Atlantic is expected through Tuesday".

"The system we now have in the Tropical Weather Outlook near Bermuda is not the "remnant low" of Florence as the NWS office in Charleston stated in their tweet", said Michael J. Brennan in an email to McClatchy on Thursday night. The National Hurricane Service said that some strengthening is expected through Sunday, but it will stay a tropical storm. Forecasters expect the storm to dissipate in a few days. It is about 1,270 miles west of the Azores and has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

Kirk is the renamed cousin to Hurricane Florence, which made landfall at Wilmington last week, stalled over the Carolinas and then moved northward before spinning back out to sea. 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. On Sept. 10, Isaac achieved minimal hurricane status as top winds reached 75 miles per hour.

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Elsewhere over the Atlantic, forecasters are watching Tropical Depression Eleven and two other tropical waves.

The NHC predicts that Kirk will have maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour in two days, but that's less than hurricane strength. It will most likely be absorbed by a larger low in a couple days.

Upper-level winds are expected to increase, limiting chances for additional development while the system moves near the southeastern US coast.

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure that is expected to move near the southeastern USA coast this week.

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