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Hurricane Kirk (11L) Moving Northeastward at 25 Knots

41.1N 47.5W

September 2nd, 2012 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Kirk (11L) – September 1st, 2012

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Track of Hurricane Kirk (11L) - September 1st, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 11L

As of 5 p.m. AST (2100 UTC) September 1,  Hurricane Kirk (11L) is located within 30 nautical miles of 39.5°N 44.3°W, about 665 mi (1070 km) SE of Cape Race, Newfoundland; about 935 mi (1505 km) WNW of The Azores.

Maximum sustained winds are 55 knots (65 mph, 100 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 997 mbar (hPa; 29.44 InHg), and the system is moving northeast at 25 kt (29 mph, 46 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km) from the center of Kirk.

Hurricane Kirk (11L) With Maximum Sustained Winds of 70 Knots

24.3N 43.3W

September 1st, 2012 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Kirk (11L) – August 31st, 2012

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Track of Hurricane Kirk (11L) - August 31st, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 11L

As of 11 p.m. AST August 31 (0300 UTC September 1),  Hurricane Kirk (11L) is located within 30 nautical miles of 33.9°N 49.5°W, about 905 mi (1455 km) south-southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland; about 1285 mi (2070 km) west of The Azores.

Maximum sustained winds are 70 knots (80 mph, 130 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 988 mbar (hPa; 29.18 InHg), and the system is moving north-northeast at 14 kt (16 mph, 26 km/h). Hurricane force winds extend up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center of Kirk while tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center.

Kirk (11L) Upgraded to Hurricane Status

28.0N 51.7W

August 31st, 2012 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Kirk (11L) – August 30th, 2012

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Track of Hurricane Kirk (11L) - August 30th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 11L

As of 11 p.m. AST August 30 (0300 UTC August 31), Hurricane Kirk (11L) is located within 20 nautical miles of 29.0°N 50.7°W, about 870 mi (1395 km) east-southeast of Bermuda and about 1495 mi (2405 km) west-southwest of the Azores.

Maximum sustained winds are 85 knots (100 mph, 160 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 980 mbar (hPa; 28.94 InHg), and the system is moving north-northwest at 11 kt (13 mph, 20 km/h). Hurricane force winds extend up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center of Kirk while tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon (08L) in Atlantic

34.3N 18.5W

August 21st, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Remnants of Gordon (08L) – August 20th, 2012

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Remnants of Gordon (08L) - August 20th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Remnants of Gordon (08L)

A tropical wave exited the coast of western Africa, initially with a 50% chance of tropical cyclone development, as predicted by NHC forecasters.

After passing over Cape Verde, it traveled in a general west-northwest direction, over colder waters, during which its development had been impeded and its shower and thunderstorm activity remained minimal.

As the low pressure system turned to a more northerly direction, it reentered warmer waters. The environment was favorable for cyclone genesis, and the system attained a better defined circulation.

On August 15, Tropical Depression Eight formed about 630 miles (about 1,000 kilometers) east-southeast of Bermuda, and strengthened to Tropical Storm Gordon in about 12 hours.

Gordon turned to the east and was expected to undergo extratropical transition upon passing over the Azores, where vertical shear is expected to increase. However, the wind shear remained relatively absent, and Gordon developed a more well-defined convection around its center; thus the system was upgraded to a hurricane on August 18.

Its eye becoming more visible, Gordon further intensified into a strong Category 2 hurricane. A weakening trend then occured, but the system was still a hurricane when it drifted over Santa Maria Island early on August 20.

Although Gordon passed directly over the easternmost islands in the Azores, little damage took place. Several homes had broken doors and windows and streets were littered with fallen trees. Some areas temporarily lost power when the storm moved over, though electricity was restored hours later. Torrential rains also triggered localized flooding. No injuries were reported in relation to the storm.

Tropical Storm Gordon (08L) Moving Eastward

35.6N 47.5W

August 17th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Gordon (08L) – August 16th, 2012

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Tropical Storm Gordon (08L) - August 17th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Tropical Storm Gordon (08L)

As of 5 p.m. AST (2100 UTC) August 17, Tropical Storm Gordon (08L) is located within 20 nautical miles of 34.3°N 44°W, about 980 mi (1580 km) west of the Azores.

Maximum sustained winds are 55 knots (65 mph, 100 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 993 mbar (hPa; 29.32 InHg), and the system is moving east at 17 kt (20 mph, 32 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center of Gordon.

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