Depression & Storm Currently In Atlantic Area

24 September, 2018, 21:55 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • JACKSONVILLE Fl.- As we reside in peak hurricane season the Atlantic continues to show flashes of it's energy. There are several areas the First Coast News Storm Experts are watching closely

Leslie is only moving west at about 3 miles per hour and isn't expected to move very far in the next two days, forecasters say.

Graphic illustration of Tropical Depression Kirk as at September 24, 2018.

Forecasters say Kirk will begin moving more quickly across the ocean as of Tuesday and is expected to strengthen in the next two days.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb (29.68 inches).

The National Hurricane Center is giving the area of low pressure a 30 percent chance of development over the next 48 hours and a 40 percent chance within the next five days.

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The Met Office says at 11 am, Tropical StormKirk was about 2180 miles east-southeast of Antigua moving rapidly west at 21 mph as a minimal storm w/winds of 40 mph.

"That means even if this does develop, it will likely miss Florida and move north, impacting the Carolinas", News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. The storm is expected to reach the Lesser Antilles still at tropical storm strength by Friday, though some weakening is expected.

Some intensification is possible this weekend, but vertical wind shear may increase next week possibly limiting additional strengthening.

Leslie, which became the 12th named storm was expected to move slowly Sunday and Monday, the NHC said. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward from the center up to 35 miles to the northwest. The storm is located about 1,200 miles west of the Azores Islands. The disturbance was battling wind shear just as TD 11 and won't be developing over the next day or so.

Two weather systems are now swirling in the Atlantic Ocean, with the Bermuda Weather Service saying both the systems - Tropical Depression Eleven and Tropical Storm Kirk - are "not a threat to Bermuda at this time".

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