Tropical storm Kirk approaching Lesser Antilles | Caribbean

Pablo Tucker
September 27, 2018

The fickle storm is forecast to expire yet again after it crosses the islands and heads into the eastern Caribbean.

According to the Barbados Meteorological Services, Kirk is expected to pass about 50 miles north of the island between tomorrow morning and tomorrow afternoon. Kirk is moving off to the west at 18 miles per hour, and will gradually strengthen over the next few days.

Tropical Storm Kirk
Image By National Hurricane Center

The center of Tropical Storm Kirk was located 595 miles east-southeast of Martinique.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect frost.

Sustained surface winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour (40 to 55 km/h) with gusts to storm force are expected to spread across the island from mid-morning, while pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and scattered thunderstorms are expected.

Kirk reorganized and reintensified back into a Tropical Storm early Wednesday after dissipating late Monday afternoon.

"Although satellite data indicate that the system still lacks a closed circulation, this disturbance could still redevelop into a tropical cyclone during the next day or two before it moves into an area of highly unfavorable upper-level winds as it approaches the Caribbean Sea", said a 2 p.m. Tuesday outlook from the hurricane center.

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft will be investigating Kirk later this morning to provide more detailed information on the location and intensity of the storm. "The chance of tropical development over the next five days was 70 percent".

Interests elsewhere in the central and northern Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of Kirk as additional warnings or watches could be issued later today. Rainfall totals from four to six inches, with isolated totals up to 10 inches, are possible through Friday from Barbados and St. Lucia northward across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe. They warn of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

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