St Lucia under Tropical Storm warning

Barbados, Dominica, St Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe have all found themselves under a Tropical Storm Warning as the rejuvenated Tropical Storm Kirk makes its way towards the Windward Islands.

The storm is now 400 miles east of Barbados moving west at 18 mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. As of the 11 AM advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Kirk has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour.

On Wednesday, Tropical Storm Kirk had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was spinning to the west at 18 mph about 665 miles east of Barbados in the eastern Caribbean.

"Rainfall accumulations of at least 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 millimetres) are possible between tonight and Friday morning". Thus, residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.

Graphic illustration of Tropical Storm Kirk as at September 26, 2018.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said tropical storm Rosa's current wind speeds of 65mph will intensify quickly, swirling into hurricane status later this afternoon.

A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when Tropical Storm conditions, including winds of 39-73 mph, are EXPECTED in a specified coastal area within 36 hours or less.

Kirk is about 1,800 miles southeast of South Florida and poses no immediate threat to our area. Large waves and risky rip tides can be expected creating unsafe conditions for small-craft operators.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 36 hours. A pocket of little to no shear will help Kirk gain strength as it moves to the west, but it's going to have a hard time overcoming the strong winds now settled over the Caribbean. But post-tropical cyclones can continue to carry heavy rains and high winds.

It said that tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area by Thursday afternoon, making outside preparations hard or unsafe.

  • Joey Payne