Tropical Storm Kirk forms in the Atlantic

24 September, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Kristi Owen
  • Tropical storm Kirk is forecast to strike Barbados at about ...

On Sept. 7, a tropical depression formed in the eastern Atlantic, about 500 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands. Tropical Depression #11 which is immediately east of the island chain, continues to move slowly westward but is expected to dissipate as it approaches the Lesser Antilles by late Sunday.

In an 11 a.m. update on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said Kirk was moving west at 14 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds near 40 miles per hour. The storm has winds of 40 miles per hour with some higher gusts.

More than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas, at least 44 people have died.

"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 Hurricane Center forecasts slow strengthening, then weakening as the storm enters the Caribbean and undertakes a shallow curve to the west-northwest, aiming toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti.


Forecasters say it's a reminder that the 2018 hurricane season is far from over.

Tropical Storm Kirk has formed off the coast of Sierra Leone and will trek westward over the next week.

If the storm does form into a tropical storm, it would get a different name. First, a non- tropical low pressure system now located about 1000 miles west-southwest of the Azores is producing gale-force winds with some associated showers and thunderstorms. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center. We will have a 40 percent chance for some showers and storms throughout the day. This is due to a cold front moving through and stalling just to the south of us. The complex would likely be a weak system if it does develop. Then an nearly due west path is forecast through the rest of the weekend and through early next week.

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