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Regional bodies monitor Tropical Storm Kirk

Published: 
Sunday, September 23, 2018
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Above a map from the National Hurricane Centre showing Tropical Storm Kirk’s projected path should it continue to build momentum over the next couple days. Photo by:National Hurricane Centre

GEISHA ALONZO

Tropical Storm Kirk is gaining speed in the Atlantic, but would be on a direct path to Trinidad and Tobago and could hit by the end of this week should it continue to gain strength and maintain its current path.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, along with the 14 municipal corporations, are now closely monitoring its development.

Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Kazim Hosein said people must safeguard themselves and their property should an emergency strike.

“We may not be affected by this tropical storm but we must do what we can to safeguard our loved ones and homes. I encourage people to take note of the Disaster Management Hotlines that are in place for emergency use, to keep monitoring the news to be informed of further developments," Hosein in a release.

"It is also important to put together their emergency kits with reserves of water and other necessities in case they are needed. Along with the rest of the nation, I pray that we are not affected, and hope that the system weakens and veers away from the island chain altogether."

The various disaster management units are currently updating response equipment inventories and relief items to ensure that an organised and efficient effort can be launched if necessary.

The T&T Meteorological Service (TTMS), in an update yesterday, said Kirk's maximum sustained winds are near 65 kilometres per hour with higher gusts. It said some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two.

It said weakening is likely during the middle to latter part of the week as it approaches the Lesser Antilles.

However, the Met Office added that T&T is not under any tropical storm or hurricane watch or warning at this time. It also said that it had 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 said 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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