Saturday 15 December, 2018

Tropical Storm Kirk forecast to strengthen over next few days

Tropical storm Kirk is gaining speed in the Atlantic.

Kirk reached tropical storm-strength on Saturday.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) in an update at 11 am on Sunday, said maximum sustained winds are near 65 kilometre per hour with higher gusts.

It said some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two.

Weakening, it said is likely during the middle to latter part of the week as it approaches the Lesser Antilles. The Met Office added that Trinidad and Tobago is not under any Tropical Storm or Hurricane watch or warning at this time.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service also said that it noticed that there are a few persons who do not fully understand the forecast track/cone graphic.

It explained that the cone represents the probable track of the centre of a tropical cyclone.

The Met Office says this means that it is possible for the centre of the cyclone to pass anywhere within the shaded/hatched region.

It noted that the cone does not show the size of the storm or the extent of its wind field.

The Met Office said it is also possible for hazardous conditions to occur outside of the cone.
It added that uncertainty in the forecast track increases with time, which is the reason for the gradual increase in the size of the cone.
 

 

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