Tropical Storm Kirk Forms In the Atlantic

.KIRK MOVING WEST-NORTHWESTWARD ACROSS THE EASTERN TROPICAL ATLANTIC… SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…INFORMATION ———————————————- LOCATION…8.6N 24.8W ABOUT 430 MI…690 KM S OF THE SOUTHERNMOST CABO VERDE ISLANDS MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 15 MPH…24 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1005 MB…29.68 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS ——————– There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK ———————- At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Kirk was located near latitude 8.6 North, longitude 24.8 West. Kirk is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h), and a westward to west-northwestward motion at a similar forward speed is expected to continue through tonight. A faster westward motion across the deep tropical Atlantic Ocean is expected Sunday through Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast through Sunday, with little change in intensity expected on Monday and Tuesday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb (29.68 inches). HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ———————- None NEXT ADVISORY ————- Next complete advisory at 1100 PM AST.