Several Caribbean islands are already feeling the impact of Tropical Storm Kirk.
At 5 pm the center of Tropical Storm Kirk was located near latitude 14.2 North, longitude 60.2 West and is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h).
On the forecast track, the center of Kirk will move across the Lesser Antilles within the Tropical Storm Warning area this evening.
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Newly formed Tropical Storm Nate was blamed Thursday for at least 22 deaths across Central America as it dumped rain across the region on a path that would carry it toward a potential landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane over the weekend.
Louisiana officials ordered some people to evacuate coastal areas and barrier islands, and evacuations began at some offshore oil platforms in the Gulf.
A Tropical Wave heading towards the Caribbean is expected to develop into a Tropical Storm this weekend, according to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami.
The NHC is monitoring this wave as well as a Tropical Depression on its heels.
The National Hurricane Centre says showers and thunderstorms associated with the tropical wave located about 1100 miles east of the Windward Islands have become better organized since yesterday.
It says that environmental conditions are conducive for development, and a tropical cyclone is expected to form over the weekend.
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has lifted the Tropical Storm Warning for Trinidad and Tobago as of 5 a.m. today, the Met Office said in a media statement.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has also lifted the Tropical Storm Warning for Grenada and its Dependencies as of 5 am today.
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has implemented specific measures in its Disaster Preparedness Plan in anticipation of the passage of the oncoming tropical storm, a statement by WASA said.
In this regard, customers and members of the public are being advised of the following numbers by region, to be used in the event of any emergency resulting in a disruption in water supply, during the passage of the tropical storm:
· North East: 620-8577
· North West: 731-0265
· South/ Central: 781-3554
· All of the above: 790-5286
The Chaguanas Borough Corporation says it is prepared for any eventuality arising from the impending tropical storm.
The Corporation is warning citizens to exercise caution and be vigilant.
The following is a statement by the Corporation.
"The Chaguanas Borough Corporation’s Emergency response Unit is actively operational for any eventuality arising out of the impending tropical storm warning that is in effect at this time.
Government agencies said they are prepared for any emergency arising out of the tropic storm forecasted to hit T&T tonight.
A forecaster at the Meteorological Service said the Tropical Storm Warning remained in effect for T&T, Grenada and its dependencies.
He said the forward edge of the system was already reaching rural areas in East Trinidad such as Rio Claro shortly after midday.
The forecaster said the system was moving forward at a fast rate and can affect the islands between 8 pm and 2 am.
The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) has issued two addition hotline numbers in light of the Tropical Storm Warning.
The following is a statement issued by T&TEC.
"The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission wishes to advise members of the public that as a result of the Tropical Storm Warning issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Office, in addition to the existing 800-TTEC (8832) and 800-BULB (2852), two new hotline numbers will be activated from 6.00 p.m. this evening.
The numbers are 794-4823 and 794-7264.
Tropical Storm Matthew has lashed islands in the eastern Caribbean with heavy wind and rain Wednesday as it gained strength and headed west.
Barbados has particularly been affected with reports of flooding, damage to homes, sinking boats and fallen trees across the island.
Amateur video coming out of St Lucia also show flooding in some parts.
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A new tracking path released by the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami is now showing that the approaching weather pattern may not directly pass over Trinidad but will still produce substantial rainfall and gusty winds.
The NHC released its latest statement at 2 pm today, as a Hurricane Hunter was preparing to report on whether the system has turned into a cyclone.
However, the NHC says data from buoys have registered wind speeds near Tropical Storm force.