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Tropical Storm Kyle forms off U.S. East Coast

Friday, August 14th 2020, 8:25 pm - The storm is the earliest 11th-named storm on record.

Tropical Storm Kyle, the 11th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, has formed off the Virginia coast.

Swirling well offshore, about 300 km southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, the storm is forecast to move on a track that will take it on a gradual arc away from the U.S. East Coast, and well south of Nova Scotia.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 65 km/h with higher gusts," the U.S. National Hurricane Centre says. "Slight strengthening is possible tonight and tomorrow. Kyle is forecast to become post-tropical by late Sunday or early Monday."

Tropical Storm Kyle

There are no watches or warnings in effect, and there is little or no expected impact on land, though it's best to keep an eye on the storm's progress.

Kyle is the most recent storm this season to be the earliest-named on record for a particular letter. The former earliest K-named storm was Hurricane Katrina, which reached tropical status on August 24th, 2005.

Unlike Kyle, which presently does not look to attain hurricane status, Hurricane Katrina was a Category 5 at its peak, eventually making landfall in Louisiana as a Category 3. At least 1,200 people lost their lives in the storm.

With Kyle, the 2020 season has so far produced 11 named storms, including two hurricanes: Hanna, which impacted Texas and northern Mexico, and Isaias, which tracked up the U.S. East Coast and whose remnants fuelled downpours in Quebec earlier in August.

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