Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Research | By Wilma Wheeler

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

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

NHC experts said some slight strengthening is possible, but the storm is forecast to become absorbed by a larger nontropical low by the middle of the week.

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.

NHC: "the center of Tropical Depression Eleven was located near latitude 14.5 North, longitude 55.0 West". A subtropical storm, Leslie has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, and is out in the middle of the Atlantic on the same latitude as SC.

More than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas, at least 44 people have died.

The other system - north of South Florida - has a 30 percent chance of forming into a tropical cyclone, the National Hurricane Center says.

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. 745 km south-southeast of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands. Overall, this storm is expected to continue moving mainly to the west due to a sub-tropical ridge north of it.

Then there was newly formed Subtropical Storm Leslie, which popped up in the mid-Atlantic on Sunday far to the east of Bermuda. There is a 70% chance of formation in the next five days. "Due to this, travel isn't recommended south of US 64", it added.

"Some isolated pockets of moderate to heavy showers and occasional gusty winds are still likely to affect Barbados as the remnants of this system move across the island chain late Monday into Tuesday."

Widespread strong thunderstorms with heavy rain will develop in much of the Mississippi River and OH valleys, eventually spreading into parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast by late Sunday and into Monday.

Kirk is "moving rapidly" to the west over the eastern "tropical Atlantic" Ocean, according to the NHC at 11 a.m.

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