Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Tropical Storm Kirk to rake across Lesser Antilles

Tropical Storm Kirk to rake across Lesser Antilles

According to the NHC, the centre of Tropical Storm Kirk was located near latitude 12.1 North, longitude 54.3 West and is moving toward the west near 18 miles per hour. Its maximum sustained winds were 45 miles per hour.

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A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...

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AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said: "A general 4-8 inches of rain is in store from Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, northward to Guadeloupe". As expected, the system regained tropical storm strength in the generally favorable atmospheric conditions just east of the eastern Caribbean islands. "Strong westerly shear is likely to continue to adversely affect Kirk while it moves over the Caribbean, and the system should weaken into a depression within 72 hours or sooner, and become a remnant low later in the forecast period". "The chance of tropical development over the next five days was 70 percent".

The warnings generally indicate the hazards are expected to occur in the next few hours, and preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

NOAA advises: "Interests elsewhere in the central and northern Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of Kirk". Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by this afternoon.

In Puerto Rico, which was hit by Hurricane Maria past year and is still recovering from the storm, Kirk was expected to bring between 2 and 4 inches of rain to the eastern part of the island.

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