Depression & Storm Currently In Atlantic Area

Mindy Sparks
September 23, 2018

The National Hurricane Center named Tropical Storm Kirk in its 11 a.m. Saturday advisory.

Kirk is moving towards the west near 14 miles per hour or 22 kilometres per hour and a westward to west northwestward motion at a similar forward speed is expected to continue through tonight. The National Hurricane Service said that some strengthening is expected through Sunday, but it will stay a tropical storm.

Winds are sustained at 40 miles per hour.

The latest forecast shows the depression is facing high wind shear that could tear it apart and the Hurricane Center shows "the system becoming a remnant low by 36 hours, and dissipates the low entirely by 48 hours well east of the Windward Islands".

A wave rolling off the African coast and 500 miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands is growing, however, the center said in its 8 a.m. advisory.

Kirk could potentially impact the USVI in some form during the upcoming weekend, according to the storm's projected path.

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

Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Kirk has formed in the eastern Atlantic and is moving rapidly westward. The other, located about 1,000 miles north-northwest of the Azores, has a 70 percent chance of formation.

The 2018 tropical season ends November 30.

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