Kirk downgraded to Tropical Depression

Doug Carpenter
September 24, 2018

Hurricane Isaac along with concurrent storms Hurricane Helene and tropical storms Gordon and Joyce were all relegated to obscurity by Hurricane Florence.

Tropical Storm Kirk is located 465 south-southwest of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands and is moving to the west at 18 miles per hour (30 km/h).

11 a.m. UPDATE: Tropical Storm Kirk continues its westward trek, and is now moving west at 21 miles per hour. As of 11 a.m., the system was about 350 miles east of the Windward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 25 mph, moving west at 12 mph.

Forecasters say Kirk will begin moving more quickly across the ocean as of Tuesday and is expected to strengthen in the next two days.

Tropical Storm Kirk formed south of the Cabo Verde islands on Saturday.

Looking further north, the Hurricane Center is watching a non-tropical low pressure system forecast to develop Friday night over the central subtropical Atlantic Ocean midway between Bermuda and the Azores.

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. Weakening is likely during the middle to latter part of the week.

"Kirk is moving through an environment of warm water and within an area of relatively low shear", AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.

The system is expected to be close to the Lesser Antilles by Thursday. The disturbance was battling wind shear just as TD 11 and won't be developing over the next day or so.

Kirk is moving "quickly westward" at 24 miles per hour, according to the NHC, and it has 35 miles per hour winds.

Kirk is expected to speed up through the weekend but, "will not be a threat to land during the next few days", Kottlowski said.

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