Thursday 6 August, 2020

TS Kirk Update: High winds expected tonight

At 5:00 p.m Tropical Storm ―Kirk was centered near 12.7N 55.7W or about 260 miles ... 415 km east of Barbados.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 60 mph…95km/h, with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 115 miles (185 km) to the northeast and 90 miles to the southeast of the center. Little change in strength is forecast until Kirk crosses the Lesser Antilles late tomorrow.

The minimum central pressure was 998mb…29.47inches The system continues to move towards the west near 18 mph (30 km/h), with a west to west-northwestward motion expected over the next 12 – 24 hours.

On this track, the center of Kirk is expected to pass about 50 miles to the north of Barbados between Thursday morning, 8:00am, and Thursday afternoon, 2:00pm. Wind speeds will start to increase across Barbados later tonight, with sustained surface winds of 25 to 35 mph (40 to 55 km/h) with gusts to storm force expected to spread across the island tomorrow.In addition, pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and scattered thunderstorms are expected.

Rainfall accumulations of at least 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 mm) are possible between Thursday and Friday morning. Some flash-flooding is likely in lowlying areas, thus, residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions. Large easterly to south-easterly swells of 3.5 - 4.5 metres (11 to 15ft) are also forecast to accompany the system.

These adverse sea-conditions are expected to persist into the weekend when northerly swells being generated by the remnants of Post-Tropical cyclone Leslie in the north-central Atlantic, propagate southwards across the Lesser Antilles. Low-lying coastlines around the island will be particularly vulnerable at times of high tide.

Large waves and dangerous rip-tides can be expected.

These will create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators and fishermen. Sea-bathers and other users of the sea are also advised to stay out of the water. Thus, a High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning in now in effect until 6:00 a.m Monday, 1st October. A small-craft warning means in this case that mean wind-speeds of 25 to 33 knots (47 to 62 km/h) and/or seas equal to or greater than 3m (10ft) will be affecting the marine area.

A High-Surf Advisory is issued when breaking wave a 2 ction poses a threat to life and property within the surf zone. The next advisory will be 8:00 p.m. This information may be obtained by dialing 976-2376 or by visiting

 

 

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