Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Tropical Storm Kirk regains strength, poses no threat to Trinidad

Tropical Storm Kirk regains strength, poses no threat to Trinidad

The National Hurricane Center said it is now headed toward the northern Windward Islands, where tropical storm warnings and watches were issued Wednesday morning.

Kirk had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and was moving ahead at 15 miles per hour. Because hurricane preparedness activities become hard once winds reach tropical storm force, the Watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the onset of tropical storm force winds.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

On the forecast track, the center of Kirk will move across the Lesser Antilles within the tropical storm warning area Thursday or Thursday evening. The main threat for the Carolinas would be high surf along the coast and an increased chance of rip currents.

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A cyclone is a closed-circulation rotating storm that depending on its wind-speed intensity, is classified, from weakest to strongest, as a tropical depression, tropical storm or hurricane. A Category 1 hurricane has minimum winds of 75 miles per hour. The system is expected to run into heavy wind shear as it enters the Caribbean Sea, which will likely work to tear it apart.

The fickle storm is forecast to expire yet again after it crosses the islands and heads into the eastern Caribbean. "We are still in the peak of the 2018 hurricane season, Virgin Islanders must continue to remain vigilant and prepared". Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area by Thursday afternoon, making outside preparations hard or risky.

Dominica, according to the National Hurricane Center, which warned that these rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

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