Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Chances Kirk will redevelop increase, tropical depression possible off North Carolina

Chances Kirk will redevelop increase, tropical depression possible off North Carolina

The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph with tropical storm-force winds reaching outward up to 115 miles from the center. Heading into the weekend, Tropical Storm Kirk is expected to run into some robust wind shear which is forecast to zap its strength as it transforms into a "remnant low pressure system", NHC said.

Kirk was located about 912 miles east-southeast of the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday morning. A pocket of little to no shear will help Kirk gain strength as it moves to the west, but it's going to have a hard time overcoming the strong winds now settled over the Caribbean.

"Sustained surface winds of between 25 to 35 miles per hour (40 to 55 km/h) with gusts to storm force are expected to spread across Barbados starting tonight and persisting into tomorrow".

You can count on the NBC2 Hurricane Tracking Team to alert you first on any breaking developments with Tropical Storm Kirk.

Kirk became a named storm Saturday and formed the farthest south of any major storm since 2012.

A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when Tropical Storm conditions, including winds of 39-73 mph, are EXPECTED in a specified coastal area within 36 hours or less.

But, a sea advisory has been issued for the territory and the DDM said the advisory can increase to a "Warning" as Kirk gets closer on Friday.

Post-tropical cyclone Leslie is still lingering in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

The longer-term forecast doesn't keep Kirk around for too long. 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.

On this track, the centre of Kirk is expected to pass about 50 miles to the north of Barbados between tomorrow morning and tomorrow afternoon.

NHC said a tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines - with tropical storm conditions appearing within the next 36 hours. They warn of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

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