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Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Barbados


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Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Barbados

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 At 2:00 p.m Tropical Storm “Kirk” was centered near 14.0N 59.9W or about 60 miles … 100km north- northwest of Barbados.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 mph…85km/h, with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 120 miles (190 km) to the east and north of the center, and 110 miles (175 km) to the southeast of the center. Some weakening is forecast as the system continues to approach the northern Windward Islands.

The minimum central pressure was 1000mb…29.53 inches The system is moving towards the west north-west near 15 mph (24 km/h) but a decrease in forward speed is expected over the next 12 to 24 hours. As the center of the system moves away from Barbados, wind-speeds of to 20 to 30 mph (32 to 48 km/h) with occasional higher gusts will persist across the island during the afternoon and into tonight. Satellite and radar imagery continue to indicate that some pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and isolated thunderstorms are still likely during the next 12 to 24 hours.

However, we are now likely to see rainfall accumulations of only one (1) to two (2) inches (25 to 50 mm). Residents should still remain on the alert and take all necessary precautions. Easterly to south-easterly swells of 3.0 – 3.5 metres (10 to 11ft) 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. 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 remain 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.

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