Tropical Storm Kirk forms in Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Kirk forms in Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Kirk forms in Atlantic Ocean

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

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.

T.D. Eleven has winds of 30 miles per hour and it is moving west at 3 miles per hour.

Kirk does not pose a threat to the USA over the next eight days.

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But in the center's 11 a.m. advisory, that system jumped to name status: Tropical Storm Kirk. This system could get a boost by Monday as the strong upper- level winds that are now keeping it at bay are expected to diminish.

But by mid-week, those upper-level winds are expected to kick in again, which would stifle further development as the system moves closer to the southeastern coast of the United States. Some strengthening is expected through Sunday, but it will stay a tropical storm.

Just when it seemed as if the Atlantic Ocean had gotten quiet and hope of a storm-free remaining hurricane season was afoot, Tropical Storm Kirk formed earlier today and is expected to increase in strength as it moves in a west, west-northwest direction towards the Lesser Antilles. Satellite imagery indicates that a non-tropical low pressure system is forming along a frontal boundary about 900 miles west-southwest of the Azores.

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

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