TROPICS: Kirk redevelops back into tropical storm

Tropical Storm Rosa swirling off Mexican coast early

Tropical Storm Rosa swirling off Mexican coast early

"On the forecast track, the centre will move over the Lesser Antilles within the Tropical Storm Warning area Thursday night".

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 miles per hour with tropical storm force winds extending 115 miles from the center. Tropical Storm Kirk is located near latitude 11.8 North, longitude 52.7 West of Saint Lucia.

A tropical storm is a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained surface winds ranging from 39-73 miles per hour.

An inverted trough - or an area of relatively low pressure - moving east to west across the tropics.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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.

Tropical storm Kirk intensified on Wednesday as it makes its way towards the eastern Caribbean with several countries being put on a tropical storm warning.

The longer-term forecast doesn't keep Kirk around for too long. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 36 hours.

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. There may be thunderstorms in a few areas today and street/flash flooding and gusty winds are still possible in the event of heavy downpours.

Newsday was told that while TT had nothing to worry about, islands including Barbados and Guadaloupe are expected to be hit by the storm, which will then dissipate in the Caribbean Sea.

It said that tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area by Thursday afternoon, making outside preparations hard or risky. They warn of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

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