Kirk hits islands this evening

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.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin in portions of the warning area this evening.

Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area in a few hours. 

Locally higher winds are possible atop and on the windward sides of hills and mountains.

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. 

Across Saint Croix and eastern Puerto Rico, Kirk is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum totals of 6 inches by Friday and Saturday.

Little change in strength is expected before Kirk moves through the Lesser Antilles.   

Gradual weakening is anticipated during the next couple of days while the system moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea.

Kirk is forecast to become a tropical depression Friday night, and degenerate into a trough of low pressure by Sunday. 

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) primarily to the east of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1000 mb (29.53 inches).



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