Tropical Storm Kirk forms in Atlantic Ocean

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According to meteorologists with The Weather Channel and AccuWeather, Tropical Storm Kirk developed Saturday morning about 450 miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands.

The National Hurricane Center says some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two. The NHC projects the storm to remain at tropical storm status as it approaches the Lesser Antilles at the end of the workweek. The storm will continue a westward path and could strengthen a little by Tuesday.

More than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas, at least 44 people have died. It is possible that this system could acquire tropical or sub-tropical characteristics in the coming days. This disturbance is moving very slow toward the northwest, 3 miles per hour.

Forecasters say it now poses no threats to land.

Almost all of the North Carolina and SC coasts are included in the cone of uncertainty for the storm and the latest model Saturday night showed the storm making landfall in Wilmington. Northern areas will experience around 20 to 30 percent rain coverage.

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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). First, a non- tropical low pressure system now located about 1000 miles west-southwest of the Azores is producing gale-force winds with some associated showers and thunderstorms. Then, weakening is likely during the middle to latter part of the week.

Finally, a non-tropical low pressure system is forming about 900 miles west-southwest of the Azores.

"Low- to mid-level ridging over the eastern Atlantic is expected to cause Kirk to move even faster toward the west during the next couple of days, reaching speeds of at least 22 kt in 24-36 hours. Due to this, travel isn't recommended south of US 64", it added.

"Large swells and high threats of rip currents associated with Tropical Storm Florence will produce life-threatening ocean conditions along Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) beaches", the statement said. This system will begin to move west and could organize early next week.