Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Science | By Celia Watts

Tropical Storm Kirk of 'immediate concern' to BVI

Tropical Storm Kirk of 'immediate concern' to BVI

The Ministry in a statement on Sunday said Trinidad and Tobago now falls within the forecast cone of the Tropical Storm, which has moved the Disaster Management Units (DMUs) to begin preparations in the event that it reaches our shores later this week. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center expect Kirk to move westward across the deep tropical Atlantic.

During a weather update Sunday morning, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) described Kirk as well as another weather system called Tropical Depression 11 as being of "immediate concern to the British Virgin Islands".

Tropical Storm Kirk formed Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, and continues to move westward. The depression is forecast to dissipate on Sunday or early Monday. That disturbance constitutes the remnants of Hurricane Florence, which saturated the Carolinas with rain and wind last week. It was not clear what the system would be named if it became a tropical storm.

Temperatures will rebound over the next few days, but another shot of cool air is in the forecast for the end of the week in the Northern Plains and upper Midwest. Forecasters say shower and thunderstorm activity continues to become better organized near the center of a low pressure system located about 500 miles south of the southern Cabo Verde Islands, and a tropical depression appears to be forming.

Kirk could potentially impact the USVI in some form during the upcoming weekend, according to the storm's projected path. There is a 70% chance of formation in the next five days. Then, weakening is likely during the middle to latter part of the week. Satellite imagery indicates that a non-tropical low pressure system is forming along a frontal boundary about 900 miles west-southwest of the Azores. This is due to a cold front moving through and stalling just to the south of us.

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