Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

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

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

According to the National Hurricane Center, at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, the center of Tropical Storm Kirk was located near latitude 8.6 North, longitude 24.8 West. Kirk is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 miles per hour (24 km/h), and a westward to west-northwestward motion at a similar forward speed is expected to continue through tonight. But forecasters are also keeping an eye on an area of disturbed weather between the Bahamas and Bermuda that could move toward the US east coast later this week.

Tropical Storm Kirk picked up speed in the Atlantic Ocean in Sunday's first hours, but only maintained its winds just at tropical storm force level.

While these two factors are favorable for strengthening, Kirk is also moving through an area of relatively dry air, which would limit intensification, according to Kottlowski. It's holding onto it's Tropical Storm status and is moving rather quickly off to the west. 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.

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The Weather Authority is tracking four tropical disturbances or depression (s) brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. The complex would likely be a weak system if it does develop. One is located about 200 miles south-southwest of Bermuda and has a 40 percent change of developing into a cyclone.

"The strong upper-level winds now affecting the system are expected to diminish, and this could favor some development during the next couple of days", forecasters said.

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