DMCA ADVISES RESIDENTS TO CLOSELY MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF TROPICAL KIRK UNTIL IT EXITS THE AREA AND TO TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS DEPENDING ON THEIR VULNERABILITY

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) is monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Kirk, which is expected to pass well to the south of us, between St. Lucia and Martinique. However, according to the Antigua Meteorological Services, we will experience some moderate to heavy showers and gusty winds late Thursday into early Friday September 28th.

The Antigua Met indicated that on Tropical Storm Kirk’s current track, its center and tropical storm force winds will pass at a safe enough distance to the south of the forecast area. However, spiral bands associated with the storm are likely to bring cloudy skies with moderate to heavy showers and gusty winds to the island late Thursday into early Friday September 29th. Total rainfall accumulation of 1 to 2 inches with a maximum of 4 inches in isolated amounts is possible.

It stated that marine conditions will further deteriorate later on tonight into early Friday September 29th; hence, small craft warnings are in effect against hazardous sea conditions.

Residents and visitors are advised to closely monitor the progress of Kirk until it exits the area and to take the necessary precautions depending on their vulnerability.
Residents and visitors are also warned to stay away from coastal areas across Montserrat because of the potential effects of storm surges.

Residents in Isles Bay Hill and other persons crossing the Belham Valley River are asked to take extra precautions during heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Kirk, due, to the possibility of lahars occurring with little or no warning in the area.

Motorists are asked to drive with due care and attention and be mindful of areas prone to landslides and rockfalls.

 

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