Tuesday 22 September, 2020

UPDATE: Flash flooding among concerns for Barbados with TS Kirk

The Barbados Meteorological Services has urged persons to continue to make preparations for the potential impact from Tropical Storm Kirk in its latest update.

Tropical Storm Kirk was located near 12.0N 53.5W or about 415 miles (665km) east of Barbados at 8:00 am and had maximum sustained winds were near 45mph (75km/h). With tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the centre, the system continues to move towards the west near 18 mph (30 km/h).

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"Kirk is expected to pass about 50 miles north of Barbados between Thursday morning and Thursday afternoon. 

"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 Met Office noted. 

They warned that Barbados should expect heavy rainfall and thunderstorms:

"Sustained surface winds of between 25 to 35 mph (40 to 55 km/h) with gusts to storm force are expected to spread across Barbados starting tonight and persisting into 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 millimetres) are possible between tonight and Friday morning. Some flash flooding is likely in low-lying areas. Thus, residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.

Large easterly/south-easterly swells of 3.5 to 4.5 (11 to 15 ft) 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. 

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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. Sea-bathers and other users of the sea are also advised to stay out of the water.  

The Barbados Meteorological Services has therefore issued a High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning which will be in effect from 6:00 a.m today, until 6:00 a.m on Monday, October 1st: 

"A small-craft Warning means in this case that 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 action poses a threat to life and property within the surf zone." 

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