Tropical Storm Kirk Revives

Kirk weakens to tropical depression Leslie forms

Unlike other countries such as Barbados, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines, no tropical storm Warnings or Watches has been issued for the BVI.

The center of the storm was located about 85 miles east-northeast of Barbados at 6 a.m. Thursday. In addition, pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and scattered thunderstorms are expected. Rapid weakening is expected on Friday after Kirk moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea. "Thus, residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions". It could regain sub-tropical storm status later this week. Sustained winds of between 25 to 35 miles per hour (40 to 55 km/h) with higher gusts are possible across the islands today as the system passes to the north.

Meanwhile, at 5 p.m, Tropical Storm Kirk was centered near 14.2 degrees north, 60.2 degrees west or about 85 miles northwest of Barbados.

These islands, as well as St. Lucia, Martinique and Dominica, can expect tropical storm conditions.

A hurricane is a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained surface winds of 74 miles per hour or greater. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by Thursday afternoon or evening.

The storm is expected to be ripped apart by stronger wind shears in the Caribbean Sea this weekend. It is expected to strengthen rapidly and convert into a major hurricane by tomorrow.

The warnings generally indicate the hazards are expected to occur in the next few hours, and preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

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

A non-frontal low-pressure system that has characteristics of both tropical and extra-tropical cyclones. It will move over cooler Atlantic waters but could likely develop a closed center of circulation.

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