No National Shutdown, Flood Warning Extended
A Flood Warning remains in effect for Barbados until 8:00 am, however, no national shutdown order has been given. Government offices will open from 10:00 am.
Acting Prime Minister Dale Marshall made the announcement a short while ago following the Barbados Meteorological Services (BMS) 6:00 a.m. weather bulletin.
Marshall also urged private sector businesses to follow suit and opened their doors.“The public sector workers to the extent that it is safe for them to do so will be expected to go to work and the private sector agencies and businesses to the extent that it safe for them to so do, they will open their business using their own discretion.”
He, however, stressed that workers should put their safety first even as they prepared to travel to their various offices.
“I reiterate that safety is paramount and so we expect that public servants who live in flooded areas will have difficulty… Naturally, we would not want them to run any risk of personal harm so they too will be expected to use their judgement, but the public service will be opened from 10 a.m. and therefore public servants will be expected to show up for work.”
Meanwhile, at 5:00 a.m, the center of Tropical Storm Kirk was located by an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft near 13.2N 62.5W or about 204 miles … 328km west of Barbados. Kirk is presently moving towards the west at 12 mph…19km/h and this general motion is expected to continue today along with an increase in forward speed.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 mph…85km/h, with tropical-storm force winds extending outward up to 115 miles (185 km) mainly to the east of the center.
The minimum central pressure is near 1000 mb…29.53 inches.Kirk is forecast to become a tropical depression later today and may degenerate into a trough of low pressure by Saturday as it moves further into the Caribbean Sea.
Accompanying T. S Kirk are easterly to south-easterly swells of 3.0 – 3.5 metres (10 to 11ft). These adverse sea-conditions are expected to persist into the week-end 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. A High-Surf Advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses a threat to life and property within the surf zone. The next advisory will be issued at 8:30 a.m.(RG)