Hot on the heels of Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Kirk is reforming over the Atlantic. The storm is expected to move towards Barbados as the day bears on. The storm is then expected to move out into the Caribbean throughout Friday.
Currently, the storm is projected to fizzle out shortly after Friday.
Potential Threats from Tropical Storm Kirk
Kirk might not be bringing catastrophic wind speeds to the islands, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a threat. Currently, projected rainfall from the storm could exceed 6 inches. This could be a very dangerous situation for affected islands. Flash floods and mudslides are particularly dangerous side-effects of such rainfall amounts.
Affected islands are under tropical storm warnings. The islands under warning are currently Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe. People living in those areas need to stay aware of the emergency broadcasts for their area.
Other Storms Forming in the Atlantic
Tropical Storm Leslie is also currently spinning over the Atlantic. It was first detected on Sunday. It is currently not expected to make landfall, as it isn’t quite strong enough to make it that far. So far, it has shown to be moving about 3 miles per hour with maximum wind speeds of 40 miles per hour.
Additionally, there is a disturbance currently over the Atlantic that has about a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm. This disturbance is currently between the Bahamas and Bermuda. Whichever depression becomes the next tropical storm will be named Michael, and will be the 13th storm of the season.
In any event, if you live in the path of any storm, take all warnings seriously. This goes double for those who live on islands or at low elevations. Even if wind speeds aren’t terribly high, the danger from rainfall remains incredibly high. Keep your eyes open for emergency broadcasts, evacuation notices and the like. Hurricane season is still in full effect, so caution, as always, is advised.