NHC says tropical storm Kirk approaching St. Lucia

Chances Kirk will redevelop increase, tropical depression possible off North Carolina

Chances Kirk will redevelop increase, tropical depression possible off North Carolina

The system is moving toward the west northwest near 16 miles per hour or 26 km/h. maximum sustained winds are near 50 miles per hour or 85 km/h with higher gusts. The storm is heading west towards parts of the eastern Caribbean, and this could be something to keep an eye on if you have a cruise itinerary featuring any of the destinations.

Wind: Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area this afternoon, making outside preparations hard or risky.

A statement issued by the Government Information Service this morning said: "It will be work as usual across Barbados today, but members of the public are urged to exercise caution and continue monitoring the passage of Tropical Storm Kirk". Gradual weakening is expected during the next couple of days while the system moves over the eastern Caribbean sea.

The forward speed has decreased to near 15 miles per hour (24 km/h), and this is expected to further decrease over the next few days.

Residents should continue to closely monitor the progress of the storm and continue to vigilant.

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Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area this afternoon, making outside preparations hard or unsafe. Forecasters warned of strong winds and said mudslides and flash flooding are possible. Rain and thunderstorms were starting to spread across Barbados.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, and Guadeloupe, while there is still a tropical storm watch for St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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.

Seas are forecast to be rough and small craft operators and local fishermen are strongly advised to remain in port today.

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