Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Tropical Storm Rosa forms off Mexico's Pacific coast

Tropical Storm Rosa forms off Mexico's Pacific coast

In its 8 a.m. report The National Hurricane Centre said the tropical storm was located a couple of hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

But forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say wind shear could tear the storm apart once it enters the Caribbean, but after dumping up to 10 inches of rain.

Tropical Storm Kirk was maintaining 50 miles per hour winds as of 5:00 a.m. this morning as it continues to push its way towards the Lesser Antilles, with Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe now under tropical storm warnings.

"By Thursday or Friday, Leslie is expected to reacquire subtropical or tropical characteristics while the cyclone moves slowly eastward to east-northeastward over the north-central Atlantic", the hurricane center said. Forecasters expect it to gradually weaken into a tropical depression after it crosses the island chain.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 miles per hour with higher gusts.

On this track, the centre of Kirk is expected to pass about 50 miles to the north of Barbados between 9:00 am and 11:00 am today, and sustained surface winds of 25 to 35 mph (40 to 55 km/h), with gusts to storm force are expected to spread across the island from mid-morning. Rosa has maximum sustained winds of 125 mph and was located about 570 miles southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula.

A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

NOAA expects tropical-force winds to begin in the warning areas "within a few hours, making outside preparations hard or risky". Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by this afternoon.

In Puerto Rico, which was hit by Hurricane Maria a year ago and is still recovering from the storm, Kirk was expected to bring between 2 and 4 inches of rain to the eastern part of the island.

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