As you look at the official forecast from the National Hurricane Center above, you'll notice that as soon as Kirk passes the Lesser Antilles, it weakens back into a depression.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 miles per hour with tropical storm force winds extending 115 miles from the center. Kirk was moving west at 18 miles per hour.
Tropical Storm Kirk has made a comeback.
Kirk became a named storm Saturday and formed the farthest south of any major storm since 2012.
As expected, the system regained tropical storm strength in the generally favorable atmospheric conditions just east of the eastern Caribbean islands.
Saint Lucia has placed under a Tropical Storm warning as of 5:00 a.m. today. Rapid weakening is expected on Friday after Kirk emerges over the Caribbean Sea.
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Finally, Post-Tropical Cyclone Leslie, in the central Atlantic, has a 70 percent chance of becoming organized again over the next five days.
"A small-craft Warning means in this case that 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". Because hurricane preparedness activities become hard once winds reach tropical storm force, the Warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the onset of tropical storm force winds.
Wind speeds will start to increase across Barbados later tonight, with sustained surface winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour (40 to 55 km/h) with gusts to storm force expected to spread across the island tomorrow.
Rainfall: 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 on the islands.