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TROPICS: Kirk moving across the Atlantic; no threat to Florida

23 September 2018, 06:39 | Justin Tyler

Latest models predict Florence hits NC as Cat. 3 storm Thursday, Friday

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.

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

"Some intensification is likely over warm water over the next few days, but wind shear will weaken the storm as it approaches the lesser Antilles", said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Ian Oliver. Forecasters expect some strengthening through Sunday.

The storm - already moving very fast - is expected to gain even more speed in the next day or two, possibly reaching 25 miles per hour in forward motion, the hurricane center said.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb (29.68 inches).

Also in the Caribbean, Tropical Depression 11 - which was actually located closer to us than Kirk, about 145 miles east-north east of the Windward Islands - has dissipated, the hurricane center said.

Kirk is expected to speed up through the weekend but will not impact land for several days, allowing those potentially in its track plenty of time to prepare. "Weakening is likely during the middle to latter part of the week", the NHC said, adding that there are no warnings or watches in effect for the storm. It has maximum sustained winds of 25 miles per hour and is moving west at 12 miles per hour. The low near Bermuda may move toward the southeast coast.

The NHC also noted that Tropical Depression Eleven is "poorly organized" and is expected to "dissipate soon".

The storm will move toward the west-northwest through early next week and is not a threat to Florida. But forecasters are also keeping an eye on an area of disturbed weather between the Bahamas and Bermuda that could move toward the USA east coast later this week.

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