Goodbye Kirk! Tropics settle down for the moment

Sep 27, 2018, 02:18
Goodbye Kirk! Tropics settle down for the moment

A storm brewing in the Atlantic Ocean has a 20 percent chance of becoming another tropical storm in the next five days, according to the National Weather Service.

As for Tropical Depression Kirk, the hurricane center said it could weaken further as it progresses across the Atlantic. The 4 PM CST Advisory had Leslie located 1,185 miles west of the Azores with sustained wind speeds of 40 mph and a minimum pressure of 1004 millibars.

Though Kirk was downgraded late Sunday, the system continues to produce a large volume of showers and thunderstorms along with winds to gale force. Georgetown County is opening two shelters for those who evacuate.

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11 a.m. UPDATE: Tropical Storm Kirk continues its westward trek, and is now moving west at 21 miles per hour. Kirk has hit warp speed today, now moving at 23 miles per hour.

Upper-level winds are expected to increase, limiting chances for additional development while the system moves near the southeastern US coast. However, they add it may begin weakening in the middle of the week. Cooper said drivers should still be careful navigating the southeastern area of the state, where most of the closures remain.

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Hurricane Florence, which made landfall on the Carolina coast on September 14, is still battering the region with heavy rain and flooding. On Monday, Gov. Cooper announced the reopening of I-40.

Parts of Interstates 95 and 40 will remain underwater for another week or more.

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