TROPICS: Tropical Storm Kirk moves towards Lesser Antilles

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Kirk moves towards Lesser Antilles

Barbadians will have to wait until after 5 o'clock this morning to know whether or not Government will order a national shutdown due to the passage of tropical storm Kirk.

Tropical Storm Kirk moved closer to the Lesser Antilles on Thursday morning as it was only about 60 miles east-northeast of Barbados, according to the 8 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

A Hurricane Warning is issued when sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher are EXPECTED somewhere within the specified area of the Warning.

The Met Office still advised that people pay close attention to information being issued on its website.

Kirk is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 miles per hour and this general motion with a slight decrease in forward speed is expected over the next few days.

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Meanwhile, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, and Guadeloupe, while a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St Vincent and the Grenadines. This storm does not pose a threat to Florida. Forecasters said they expected Kirk to remain on its west-northwestward track until Friday night, as it crosses in to the eastern Caribbean Sea, and is expected to rapidly dissipate again. Because hurricane preparedness activities become hard once winds reach tropical storm force, the Warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the onset of tropical storm force winds.

The storm is expected to be ripped apart by stronger wind shears in the Caribbean Sea this weekend.

The complex area of low pressure that includes what's left of Subtropical Storm Leslie is organizing in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

RAINFALL: Kirk is expected to produce total rainfall of 4 to 6 inches across the northern Windward and southern Leeward Islands with isolated maximum totals up to 10 inches across Martinique and Dominica.

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