Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

What is a tropical storm, and other weather terms explained

What is a tropical storm, and other weather terms explained

A westward to west- northwestward motion is expected through Friday night. The storm had sustained winds of about 75 km an hour but was expected to strengthen within the next 24 hours.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect frost. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches).

"Although satellite data indicate that the system still lacks a closed circulation, this disturbance could still redevelop into a tropical cyclone during the next day or two before it moves into an area of highly unfavorable upper-level winds as it approaches the Caribbean Sea", said a 2 p.m. Tuesday outlook from the hurricane center.

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Wind speeds will start to increase across Barbados later tonight, with sustained surface winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour (40 to 55 km/h) with gusts to storm force expected to spread across the island tomorrow.

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft will be investigating Kirk later this morning to provide more detailed information on the location and intensity of the storm.

The Met office says Barbados will experience gusty winds, heavy showers, periods of rain and scattered thunderstorms later tonight and tomorrow. Some flash flooding is likely in low-lying areas. Thus, residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.

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Kirk has made a comeback as a tropical storm and is heading for the northern Windward Islands, triggering a tropical storm warning for Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe and a tropical storm watch for St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Low-lying coastlines around the island will be particularly vulnerable at times of high tide.

Rolling waves generated by Rosa are expected to affect portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico and the southern Baja California Peninsula late this week and over the weekend. Sea-bathers and other users of the sea are also advised to stay out of the water.

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The next detailed Advisory will be at 11:30 am Wednesday morning.

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