Tropical Storm Rosa forms off Mexico's Pacific coast

30 September, 2018, 06:53 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • GOES-East satellite image of disturbance off the Carolinas on Sept. 25 2018

While it is still unpredictable regarding the storm's arrival here the country, nevertheless, is presently under a tropical storm warning as Kirk, at one time said to have disintegrated, has redeveloped east of Barbados and moving west rather quickly.

Tropical Storm Kirk dropped heavy rain and unleashed flooding as it passed through the eastern Caribbean on Thursday. "My staff and I are working closely with our partners at the National Weather Service located in San Juan, PR to ensure we receive real-time updates on the progress of Tropical Storm Kirk", VITEMA Director Mona Barnes said.

MEMBERS of the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) met yesterday in what is called a pre-strike meeting, usually chaired by the Prime Minister, to determine how best the country can utilize its resources to counteract whatever Tropical Storm Kirk may unleash on the island should it make landfall.

A look at the forecast track for Hurricane Rosa as of 2 p.m. ET on Thu., Sept. 27, 2018.

Forecasters said Kirk is expected to become a tropical depression late Friday and degenerate into a trough of low pressure by Sunday.


Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward of up to 140 miles primarily to the east of Kirk's center, NHC adds. There is already a Tropical Storm watch issued for these destinations.

Forecasters warned that swells generated by Rosa will affect portions of the southwestern Mexican coast and southern Baja California into the weekend, causing life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

However, Kirk bulked up again and, at 5 a.m. Wednesday, had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was spinning to the west at 18 mph several hundred miles east of the islands that form the eastern perimeter of the Caribbean.

From late Friday and into this weekend, clusters of showers and thunderstorms have the potential to bring localised flash flooding to the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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