Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Tropical Storm Kirk Forms In The Atlantic

Tropical Storm Kirk Forms In The Atlantic

The center of the tropical storm was located near latitude 8.3 north, longitude 23.6 west.

The system, one of four the center is watching, was expected to be upgraded by Friday night and followed through, with winds now at 30 miles per hour and moving west at 3 miles per hour as of Saturday's 11 a.m. advisory. Some strengthening is expected through Sunday, but it will stay a tropical storm.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour or 65 kilometres per hour with higher gusts".

The system, just off the African coast, is still more than 2,000 miles from South Florida.

There were five named storms in the first two weeks of September, three of which became hurricanes - Florence, Helene and Isaac.

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The storm will move toward the west-northwest through early next week and is not a threat to Florida.

Two weather systems are now swirling in the Atlantic Ocean, with the Bermuda Weather Service saying both the systems - Tropical Depression Eleven and Tropical Storm Kirk - are "not a threat to Bermuda at this time".

The forecast says that "strong upper- level winds are expected to diminish by Sunday or Monday, which could allow for some slow development of this system while it moves westward and then northwestward over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean".

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until November 30.

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