Tropical Storm Kirk intensifies as it nears Barbados

Tropical Storm Kirk intensifies as it nears Barbados

Tropical Storm Kirk intensifies as it nears Barbados

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, and Guadeloupe, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Regardless of development, sustained surface winds of between 25 to 35 miles per hour (40 to 55 km/h) with higher gusts are expected to spread across the islands starting Wednesday night and persisting into Thursday. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by Thursday afternoon or evening.

According to the NHC, the centre of Tropical Storm Kirk was located near latitude 12.1 North, longitude 54.3 West and is moving toward the west near 18 miles per hour.

The NHC noted that an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is investigating the storm Wednesday morning.

The Lesser Antilles are the islands that comprise the arc-shaped line of islands that form the eastern boundary of the Caribbean. According to resources, there are no current threats to Florida from Kirk at the present time.

But, a sea advisory has been issued for the territory and the DDM said the advisory can increase to a "Warning" as Kirk gets closer on Friday. It is now a non-tropical system, but as it sits over the relatively warm water, it is expected to transition back to subtropical and get a name.

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The area of low pressure near North Carolina is weak and fairly disorganized.

Tropical Storm Kirk was 415 miles east of Barbados and about 535 miles east-southeast of Martinique. Wind shear should prevent more development as it eventually moves northeast. It should not amount to much rain over the Carolinas; good news for areas still recovering from Florence's destruction.

Finally, Post-Tropical Cyclone Leslie, in the central Atlantic, has a 70 percent chance of becoming organized again over the next five days. The reason? You guessed it, strong wind shear. It will move over cooler Atlantic waters but could likely develop a closed center of circulation.

Leslie is not a threat to the US and models are trending that it will linger over the open Atlantic.

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