Tropical Storm Kirk Intermediate Advisory Number 15A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 PM AST Thu Sep 27 2018
SUMMARY OF 200 PM AST…1800 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 60 MI…100 KM NNW OF BARBADOS
ABOUT 90 MI…140 KM ESE OF MARTINIQUE
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…50 MPH…85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 14 MPH…22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1000 MB…29.53 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* St. Lucia
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Interests elsewhere in the central and northern Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of Kirk.
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
At 200 PM AST (1800 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Kirk was located near latitude 14.0 North, longitude 59.9 West. Kirk is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this general motion with a slight decrease in forward speed is expected
over the next few days. On the forecast track, the center of Kirk will move across the Lesser Antilles within the Tropical Storm Warning area by this evening.
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is anticipated during the next couple of days, but Kirk is forecast to move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea as a tropical storm.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the center.
The minimum central pressure estimated from Air Force Hurricane Hunter observations is 1000 mb (29.53 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin in portions of the warning area in a few hours, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area in a few hours.
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. These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Across eastern Puerto Rico, Kirk is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum totals of 6 inches by Friday and Saturday.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/81086-kirk-about-to-move-through-the-lesser-antilles