Tropical Storm Kirk projected to hit Barbados Thursday

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It had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (80 kph) and was moving ahead at 14 miles per hour (22.5 kph). Because hurricane preparedness activities become hard once winds reach tropical storm force, the Watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the onset of tropical storm force winds.

As expected, the system regained tropical storm strength in the generally favorable atmospheric conditions just east of the eastern Caribbean islands. A pocket of little to no shear will help Kirk gain strength as it moves to the west, but it's going to have a hard time overcoming the strong winds now settled over the Caribbean.

Tropical Storm Kirk
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Days after degenerating into a Tropical Wave, Kirk has regenerated into a Tropical Storm. Hurricane center forecasters are giving it a 50 percent chance of development over the next 48 hours. 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. In addition, pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and scattered thunderstorms are expected.

Hurricane season runs through November 30.

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A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by Thursday afternoon.

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.

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Kirk is expected to produce total rainfall of 4 to 6 inches with higher totals of 10 inches across portions of the Lesser Antilles. The NHC said these rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Meanwhile, Post-Tropical Cyclone Leslie is several hundred miles west of the Azores.

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