INCE last night, Barbadians have been bracing for the early effects of Tropical Storm Kirk, which is expected to continue an assault on the island today.
On its track, the centre of Kirk is anticipated to pass approximately 50 miles to the north of Barbados between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. today. As a result, all public schools will be closed, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Education.
In the 5 p.m. bulletin issued by the Barbados Meteorological Services yesterday, it was noted that Kirk was centred approximately 260 miles east of Barbados with maximum sustained winds near 60 mph, with tropical-storm force winds extending outward up to 115 miles to the northeast and 90 miles to the southeast of the centre.
Wind speeds were expected to increase last night with sustained surface winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to storm force winds expected to spread across the island today.
According to the advisory, little change in strength is forecast until Tropical Storm Kirk crosses the Lesser Antilles late today.
“In addition, pockets of heavy rains, period of rain and scattered thunderstorms are expected. Rainfall accumulations of at least 2 to 4 inches are possible between today and tomorrow morning. Some flash-flooding is likely in low-lying areas, thus, residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.”