Tropical Storm Kirk has regained its strength and could bring flooding, rain and mudslides to the Windward Islands Thursday.
According to the NHC's 2 p.m. EDT advisory, Kirk was located about 305 miles east of Barbados and about 430 miles east-southeast of Martinique, moving west at about 18 mph. Tropical Storm Kirk grew a little stronger by 11am on Wednesday with sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. Movement was towards the west near 18 miles per hour (30 km/h).
Residents are therefore advised to take all the necessary precautions.
There are no coastal warnings or watches for the storm, which is the 10th hurricane of the eastern Pacific 2018 season. 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.
But regardless of whether or not Kirk intensifies further this time or remains a tropical storm, forecasters say the conditions up ahead in its path will not be amenable to the its long-term survival.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect for parts of the Lesser Antilles, including Barbados and St. Lucia.
"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".
An identical warning has been issued by France's government for Guadeloupe and Martinique.
"By Thursday or Friday, Leslie is expected to reacquire subtropical or tropical characteristics while the cyclone moves slowly eastward to east-northeastward over the north-central Atlantic", the hurricane center's outlook said.
Rolling waves generated by Rosa are expected to affect portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico and the southern Baja California Peninsula late this week and over the weekend. 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.