MET OFFICE: 6pm Update On Storm Kirk For St Vincent

At 5:00 pm, Tropical Storm Kirk was near latitude 14.2 North, longitude 60.2 West. Maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.

Although gradual weakening is anticipated during the next couple of days, little change in strength is expected before Kirk moves through the Lesser Antilles overnight.

‘T.S.Kirk’ is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h) and a west-northwestward to westward motion is expected over the next couple days.

 The center of the system is expected to pass to the north of mainland St. Vincent overnight, positioning to our north-west by early morning.

Light northerly breeze across SVG should increase by early morning, to 25 to 35 mph (40 to 55 km/h) with occasional gusts.

Residents across SVG, should bear in mind that heavy rainfall and winds are occurring over the eastern portion of Kirk’s circulation.

These winds and rains are likely to spread across SVG and other islands and possibly intensify by early morning.

Light to moderate rain should increase to heavy showers with thunderstorms by early morning.

Models indicate 1 to 3 inches (25 to 75 millimeters) rainfall accumulations are possible, but higher amounts are very likely across parts of SVG especially in mountainous areas.

Persons in areas prone to flooding and landslides, near rivers streams and low lying areas should be alert.

Large easterly swells up to 3.0 (10 ft) are expected to continue overnight into Friday. Sea-bathers and other users of the sea are being warned to stay out of the water.

The next Advisory will be at 11:30 pm tonight.