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Tropical Storm Kirk (11L) in Central Atlantic

17.7N 43.3W

August 30th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Kirk (11L) – August 29th, 2012

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Track of Tropical Storm Kirk (11L) - August 29th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 11L

On August 22, the National Hurricane Center noted a strong tropical wave moving off the coast of Africa, and began monitoring it for further development.

The wave traveled west-northwestward into the Central Atlantic while slowly becoming more organized. By August 28th, it finally gained sufficient organization to be classified as a tropical depression by the National Hurricane Center. Later that evening, an satellite pass determined that the depression had strengthened into a tropical storm, and was given the name Kirk at 11 p.m AST (0300 UTC).[123] The storm is not a threat to land.

As of 11 p.m. AST August 29 (0300 UTC August 30), Tropical Storm Kirk is located within 30 nautical miles of 25.9°N 48.3°W, about 1085 mi (1745 km) ENE of the northern Leeward Islands and about 1495 mi (2410 km) WSW of The Azores. Maximum sustained winds are 50 knots (60 mph, 95 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 1005 mbar (hPa; 29.68 InHg), and the system is moving west-northwest at 8 kt (9 mph, 15 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center of Kirk.

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