BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC- Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Dale Marshall says there will be no national shutdown of the country due to the passage of Tropical Storm Kirk.
While current projections have Kirk dissipating before approaching south Florida (thanks to that wind shear) when a tropical system approaches the Caribbean sea, we need to watch it.
The storm is expected to hit the Leeward Islands later this week.
The storm will continue moving westward towards the Windward Islands, forecasters said.
The Met Office still advised that people pay close attention to information being issued on its website. Kirk is moving to the west at 18 miles per hour and has a minimum central pressure of 1002 mb. As you look at the official forecast from the National Hurricane Center above, you'll notice that as soon as Kirk passes the Lesser Antilles, it weakens back into a depression.
GOES-East satellite image of disturbance off the Carolinas on Sept. 25 2018
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbados, St Lucia, Dominique, Martinique, and Guadeloupe.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 50 mph (85km/h) with tropical-storm-force winds now extending outwards to about 140 miles (220 km), mostly north and east of the center. One disturbance is near the North Carolina coast, and the other one is post-tropical cyclone Leslie.
Tropical Storm Kirk is expected to make landfall in the Lesser Antilles Thursday evening, bringing 50 miles per hour winds and the threat of flooding and mudslides.
N.H.C. said interests elsewhere in the central and northern Lesser Antilles, which includes the U.S. Virgin Islands, should monitor the progress of Kirk as additional warnings or watches could be issued tonight. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by Thursday afternoon.
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