Tropical Storm Kirk Forms in Atlantic: NHC

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

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 disturbance is next in line to become a tropical depression - an upgrade is expected by Sunday morning. A faster westward motion across the deep tropical Atlantic Ocean is expected Sunday through Tuesday.Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

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


Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles to the north of the center.

"If these trends continue, advisories will be initiated on this system later today while the low moves westward at about 20 miles per hour". "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. At that time, the system will be moving westward and then northwestward over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean, according to the center.

Tropical Depression Eleven is still expected to dissipate in the next day or so, without causing problems for land, the center said. This system could become a sub-tropical or tropical system early next week. The complex would likely be a weak system if it does develop.

In a forecast discussion, the NHC said that Kirk is slated to move over warmer waters and a low wind-shear environment, which will allow for more strengthening. 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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