Tropical Storm Kirk was moving at a very fast rate of speed Sunday morning, and was expected to start moving even faster. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center expect Kirk to move westward across the deep tropical Atlantic. The depression had been approaching the Lesser Antilles but thanks to hostile winds only a cyclonic wisp of clouds remained.
But it is not fair to call it the remnants of Hurricane Florence, an official with the National Hurricane Center said Thursday night. It is possible that this system could acquire tropical or sub-tropical characteristics in the coming days. The Hurricane Center forecasts slow strengthening, then weakening as the storm enters the Caribbean and undertakes a shallow curve to the west-northwest, aiming toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Temperatures will rebound over the next few days, but another shot of cool air is in the forecast for the end of the week in the Northern Plains and upper Midwest.
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If the storm does form into a tropical storm, it would get a different name.
Tropical storm force winds could begin along the coast Wednesday evening and have the potential to impact the Triangle. "Due to this, travel isn't recommended south of US 64", it added. This system, if it were to develop would not be named Florence, and instead take the next name on the list.
Tropical Storm Kirk is not a threat to Jamaica. We will have a 40 percent chance for some showers and storms throughout the day.
Kirk is "moving rapidly" to the west over the eastern "tropical Atlantic" Ocean, according to the NHC at 11 a.m. The favorable environmental conditions are expected along the path of this developing tropical cyclone and the system should become a hurricane during the early or middle part of next week.