Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
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Tropical disturbances form, strengthen in the Atlantic as busy September ends

Tropical disturbances form, strengthen in the Atlantic as busy September ends

The disturbance is next in line to become a tropical depression - an upgrade is expected by Sunday morning.

On Tropical Storm Kirk, the NHC states, "Kirk is moving toward the west near 14 miles per hour [22 km/h] and a westward to west northwestward motion at a similar forward speed is expected to continue through tonight". Eleven already has lost some traction since the 5 a.m. advisory as its winds dropped from 35 to 30 miles per hour and its forward momentum slowed by 2 miles per hour.

Forecasters say it now poses no threats to land.


The tropical system that seems most worth keeping an eye on is a wave off the western coast of Africa that the Hurricane Center says has a 80 percent chance of forming into a tropical cyclone in the next few days as it moves across the Atlantic. So far, none of these systems are expected to have direct impact on the Florida peninsula.

There were five named storms in the first two weeks of September, three of which became hurricanes - Florence, Helene and Isaac. At that time, the system will be moving westward and then northwestward over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean, according to the center.

Forecasters say Tropical Storm Kirk is continuing to move west across the eastern Atlantic but does not now pose any threat to land. The other, located about 1,000 miles north-northwest of the Azores, has a 70 percent chance of formation.

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