Tropical Storm Kirk to bring heavy rains to Caribbean - NHC

Tropical Storm Kirk to bring heavy rains to Caribbean - NHC

Tropical Storm Kirk to bring heavy rains to Caribbean - NHC

Tropical Storm Kirk, which has come and gone several times over the last five days, re-emerged early Wednesday morning 470 miles east of Barbados, moving west at around 18mph with winds of around 45mph.

Tropical Storm Kirk is slated to produce heavy rainfall over several Caribbean islands as it makes landfall later in the week, according to current predictions.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the islands of Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Tropical Storm Kirk regenerated over the Atlantic on Wednesday but its forecast to weaken yet again.

Tropical Storm Kirk
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Forecasters say Tropical Storm Kirk is on a path to dump heavy rains that could bring unsafe flooding to the eastern Caribbean. "Across eastern Puerto Rico, Kirk is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum totals of 6 inches by Friday and Saturday". As the center of the system moves away from Barbados, wind-speeds of to 20 to 30 miles per hour (32 to 48 km/h) with occasional higher gusts will persist across the island during the afternoon and into tonight. A watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It could regain sub-tropical storm status later this week.

Hurricane season runs through November 30. A small-craft warning means in this case that mean wind-speeds of 25 to 33 knots (47 to 62 km/h) and/or seas equal to or greater than 3m (10ft) will be affecting the marine area.

A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when Tropical Storm conditions, including winds of 39-73 mph, are EXPECTED in a specified coastal area within 36 hours or less. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by Thursday afternoon or evening. These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Meanwhile, Post-Tropical Cyclone Leslie is several hundred miles west of the Azores.

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