Tropical Storm Kirk expected to strengthen somewhat

Tropical depression forms in the Atlantic; three other disturbances tracked

That was the scenario Sunday morning as forecasters at the National Hurricane Center watched four tropical weather systems in the Atlantic basin - a pair of minimal tropical storms, a dissipating tropical depression and another disturbance that could threaten the flood-weary Carolinas. It was moving to the west at 23 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. Closer to home, though, a portion of what was once Hurricane Florence is now between the Bahamas and Bermuda - and could affect North Carolina (again) on Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 30 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb (29.74 inches). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher. Kirk remains somewhat disorganized but is expected to slowly strengthen until it reaches the Caribbean going into Thursday.

Is Storm Kirk still brewing?

According to the National Hurricane Center, four named storms develop in the Atlantic after mid-September in an average season, three of which become hurricanes and one of which becomes a Category 3 or stronger hurricane. As of now, looks like some coastal showers & wind for North Carolina midweek. Unfavorable upper-level winds and dry air are expected to limit development tonight and Sunday, but conditions could become more conducive for some development of this system on Monday or Tuesday while it moves westward over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean.




Firefighters from the Penderlea Fire Department posted video of the fish being hosed off the Interstate 40.

More than a week after Florence hit, travel remains hard in the eastern part of the state.

Gov. Roy Cooper said Saturday that nine of the state's river gauges are at major flood stage and four others are at moderate stage.

Emergency management officials said residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed will begin moving into hotel rooms next week.

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