TS Kirk causes power outages, heavy flooding in Caribbean Latin America News

Martin Bryan

Martin Bryan

Tropical Storm Kirk weakened Friday as it pushed westward into the Caribbean on Friday with strong winds and heavy rains hammering Barbados and the Lesser Antilles, the National Hurricane Center said.

The Flash Flood warning and Tropical Storm Warning remain until 6:00 am tomorrow and it seems as though that is when further directives will come from the powers that be.

Authorities in Barbados said they helped rescue several people from a flooded home, while school was cancelled in the nearby islands of Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique. Gradual weakening is expected during the next couple of days while the system moves over the eastern Caribbean sea. The storm is moving west-northwest at about 14 miles per hour and packs with it maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 miles per hour (85km/h) with higher gusts.

Kirk is expected to produce total rainfall of four to six inches across the northern Windward and southern Leeward Islands with isolated maximum totals up to 10 inches across Martinique and Dominica.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) mainly to the east of the centre.

At 8 a.m. EDT Friday, the center of Kirk was about 140 miles southwest of St. Lucia with maximum winds of 50 mph. The National Hurricane Center said there were no coastal watches or warnings in effect, but swells generated by Rosa were expected to cause unsafe surf and rip current conditions along portions of southwestern Mexico, the peninsula and southern California. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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