Tropical Storm Kirk is Back and is Now Heading Toward the Caribbean

According to the Ledger, the cyclone once named Kirk is back to tropical storm strength, regaining its name Wednesday morning as it heads toward the Windward Islands.

Kirk had been reduced to remnants of its former self on Monday, but National Hurricane Center forecasters said in an 8 a.m. advisory the system has better organized thunderstorms around a defined center. Add maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and Kirk is reborn.

The storm is about 415 miles east of Barbados and moving west at 18 mph.

Tropical storm watches and warnings have been posted for southern Windward Islands including, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Tropical storm force winds extend out 115 miles from Kirk’s center.

The Hurricane Center reported that Kirk is expected to approach Barbados and the northern Windward Islands Thursday afternoon and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea by Friday morning.

Kirk is expected to produce total rainfall totals of 4 to 6 inches with maximum totals of 10 across the northern Windward and southern Leeward Islands from Barbados and St. Lucia northward across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe. These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Residents and interests in and around St Lucia and the rest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands are strongly advised to continue monitoring the progress of Kirk.