Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Florence regroups as Tropical Storm Kirk; slim chance for Carolina repeat

Florence regroups as Tropical Storm Kirk; slim chance for Carolina repeat

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Kirk chugged across the southern Atlantic on a westward heading toward the Lesser Antilles.

Tropical Depression Eleven is now about 440 miles east of the Windward Islands with sustained winds of 30 mph, and moving northwest at 3 mph.

As forecasters warn of more risky flooding in the Carolinas from Hurricane Florence's torrential rainfall, they're also keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Kirk in the Atlantic.

NHC forecasts keep it at tropical storm strength as it crosses the Atlantic over the next week.

Kirk will be moving over increasingly warmer waters and through a relatively low-shear environment for the next 2-3 days, which should allow for some strengthening, according to the NHC.

The latest satellite pass over the storm, thousands of miles out in the North Atlantic, showed a hybrid system that's a mix between a tropical storm and the more common storm systems we see all the time.

The next advisory on Kirk is expected at 11 a.m. Sunday. They expect Kirk will track quickly westward over the next few days far from land.

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NHC forecasters predict Leslie will likely be absorbed by a larger low-pressure system by mid-week.

Tropical Storm Kirk is located 450 miles south of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands. Forecasters think the storm will move even faster though Tuesday. For Leslie, 40 mph winds winds extend outward up to 230 miles from the center.

The Weather Authority is tracking four tropical disturbances or depression (s) brewing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Maximum sustained winds are near 30 miles and it continues to move north west at six miles per hour.

Forecasters say it now poses no threats to land.

Tropical Storm Kirk is continuing to move west across the Tropical Atlantic, but does not now pose any threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday.

The NHC also noted there is a disturbance located between the United States and Bermuda, and it is forecast to move to the west. "Due to this, travel isn't recommended south of US 64", it added.

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