Acting Prime Minister Dale Marshall issued this statement a few minutes ago as the effects of Tropical Storm Kirk began to take effect.
Gilbert Miller, a senior forecaster with the Cayman Islands National Weather Service, said Wednesday afternoon that the storm is slated to impact Jamaica Monday and pass south of Cayman.
"Little change in strength is forecast until Kirk moves through the central Lesser Antilles Thursday afternoon and evening". Kirk is moving to the west at 18 miles per hour and has a minimum central pressure of 1002 mb.
Meanwhile, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, and Guadeloupe, while a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Another named storm, Leslie, was downgraded to a non-tropical storm Tuesday.
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A hurricane is a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained surface winds of 74 miles per hour or greater. A pocket of little to no shear will help Kirk gain strength as it moves to the west, but it's going to have a hard time overcoming the strong winds now settled over the Caribbean.
But, a sea advisory has been issued for the territory and the DDM said the advisory can increase to a "Warning" as Kirk gets closer on Friday.
Tropical Storm Kirk continues to move quickly toward the Lesser Antilles, where tropical-storm conditions are expected later Thursday.
The storm is expected to be ripped apart by stronger wind shears in the Caribbean Sea this weekend.
"Kirk is expected to produce total rainfall of 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm) across the northern Windward and southern Leeward Islands with isolated maximum totals up to 10 inches across Martinique and Dominica".