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Low Threat to the Cayman Islands - monitor

Published 26th September 2018, 9:31am

At 700 AM (Eastern Time) Tropical Storm Kirk was located near latitude 12.0 North, longitude 53.5 West. Kirk is moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h). A westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through Friday night. On the forecast track, Kirk is expected to approach Barbados and the northern Windward Islands Thursday afternoon and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea by Friday morning.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast until Kirk moves through the central Lesser Antilles Thursday afternoon and evening.

Rapid weakening is expected on Friday after Kirk moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea. The threat to the Cayman Islands from Kirk is considered very low at this time, however the Cayman Islands National Weather Service continues monitor this system and HMCI encourages all residents to maintain preparedness as we still have over a third of the 2018 hurricane season remaining. Statistically, October is the peak month for the Cayman Islands and a significant number of major impacts have occurred in the month of November.