NHC and weather.com: Tropical Storm Kirk, the 11th named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, developed Saturday morning and is now aout 2,000 miles east of the Lesser Antillies.
‘Kirk is moving quickly west, and will continue to do so through mid-week. During this time, Kirk may gain a little intensity’ says weather.com.
The NHC posted this 5:00 a.m. advisory: At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Kirk was located near latitude 9.1 North, longitude 28.0 West. Kirk is moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h). An even faster westward motion across the deep tropical Atlantic Ocean is expected through Tuesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two. Weakening is likely during the middle to latter part of the week.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) to the north of the center.
On the forecast track, Tropical Storm winds may start affecting the islands by Thursday morning.
According to the NHC, four named storms develop in the Atlantic Basin after mid-September in an average season, three of which become hurricanes and one of which becomes a Category 3 or stronger hurricane.