By Caribbean News Now contributor
MIAMI, USA — Tropical Storm Kirk has regenerated in the tropical Atlantic as the system moves toward the eastern Caribbean at near 18 mph (30 km/h). A westward to west-northwestward motion is expected over the next few days. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint Lucia. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Interests elsewhere in the central and northern Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of Kirk as additional warnings or watches could be issued later on Wednesday.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 11:00 am on Wednesday the centre of Tropical Storm Kirk was located about 360 miles (575 km) east-southeast of Barbados and about 485 miles (780 km) east-southeast of Martinique, moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h). A westward to west-northwestward motion is expected over the next few days.
On the forecast track, the centre will move over the Lesser Antilles within the tropical storm warning area on Thursday night.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast until Kirk crosses the Lesser Antilles, followed by weakening over the eastern Caribbean Sea.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the centre.
Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area by Thursday afternoon, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by Thursday afternoon or evening.
Kirk is expected to produce total rainfall of 4 to 6 inches across the northern Windward and southern Leeward Islands with isolated maximum totals up to 10 inches across Martinique and Dominica. These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.