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Hurricane Kirk strengthens in Atlantic, poses no land hazard

Published on Aug 31, 2012 10:41 AM

MIAMI (AFP) - Hurricane Kirk strengthened rapidly over the open Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, though it posed no hazard to land, United States (US) forecasters said.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) forecast that the storm, while powerful with top winds gusting at 145kmh, would likely spin out over the open seas as it heads east toward Europe.

At 2100 GMT (5am on Friday, Singapore time), Kirk was about 1,065 miles (1,714km) north-east of the northern Leeward Islands as it headed north/north-westward at a speed of 20.9kmh, according to the NHC.

Kirk is a category one storm on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale and was set to gather strength over the next couple of days, perhaps becoming a category two storm as early as Friday.

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