Kirk is packing 40 miles per hour sustained winds and its westward motion is expected to accelerate through Tuesday.
"An even faster westward motion across the deep tropical Atlantic Ocean is expected through Tuesday", the agency said in a 5 a.m. update on September 23. 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. At that time, the system will be moving westward and then northwestward over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean, according to the center. On Sept. 10, Isaac achieved minimal hurricane status as top winds reached 75 miles per hour.
"Maximum sustained winds remain near 30 miles per hour (45 km/h) with higher gusts".
Tropical storm force winds could begin along the coast Wednesday evening and have the potential to impact the Triangle.
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Based on those global computer models, it is possible that Kirk may open up into a trough as it is approaching the Lesser Antilles and moving into the eastern Caribbean Sea, but for now the official NHC forecast maintains Kirk as a tropical storm through day 5.
Elsewhere, the area of disturbed weather located between Bermuda and the Bahamas that should move by the southeastern US coast has a 30 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm in the next five days, the hurricane center said. The complex would likely be a weak system if it does develop.
You can always track the latest tropical developments right on the FREE WMBF First Alert Weather App. There are disorganized thunderstorms associated with this low pressure, but dry air, and stronger upper level winds cloud limit formation for the rest of the weekend.
"At 5:00 a.m the center of Tropical Depression #11 was located near 14.5N 55.0W... about 320 miles.512 km east of Barbados". This system could become a sub-tropical or tropical system early next week.