Tropical Storm Kirk speeds up as it moves west across Atlantic

Terry Joseph
September 27, 2018

That was the scenario Sunday morning as forecasters at the National Hurricane Center watched four tropical weather systems in the Atlantic basin - a pair of minimal tropical storms, a dissipating tropical depression and another disturbance that could threaten the flood-weary Carolinas.

Kirk, once a tropical storm, has dissipated and now remains as a tropical wave about 1,400 miles east of the Windward Islands, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC). Forecasters expect the storm to strengthen over the next two days and weaken toward the middle of the week.

The Atlantic hurricane season ends officially on November 30.

If the storm does form into a tropical storm, it would get a different name. With environmental conditions still favorable for continued development, that could become a tropical depression within the next few days. The depression is moving toward the west near 24 miles per hour and this fast motion is expected to continue for another day or so. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour (65 kph) with higher gusts. It doesn't look likely that this system is able to develop into a tropical storm, but it could still bring heavy rains to the coast of the Carolinas later this week. The flooding is expected to start Tuesday near parts of the Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers. Like tropical cyclones, they are non-frontal, synoptic-scale cyclones that originate over tropical or subtropical waters, and have a closed surface wind circulation about a well-defined center.

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It'll continue to maintain its strength as it just wanders in the Atlantic over the course of the next several days.

That system was forecast Monday at a 50 percent chance of development over the following two to five days.

The Penderlea Fire Department posted similar photos and video of firefighters using a hose to wash the fish off the pavement.

SC also has ordered more evacuations as rivers continue to rise in the aftermath of a storm that has claimed at least 43 lives.

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