Tropical Storm Kirk expected to weaken by weekend

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In an 11 a.m. update on September 27, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Kirk, which weakened before strengthening again back into a tropical storm, is about 45 miles north-northeast of Barbados and 130 miles east-southeast of Martinique.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85km/h), with tropical storm force winds extending outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the centre. At that time it was located about 360 miles east southeast of Barbados and about 485 miles east southeast of Martinique, still moving towards the west at about 18 miles per hour.

Meanwhile, Kirk has restrengthened into a tropical storm, and tropical storm warnings and watches have been issued for portions of the Lesser Antilles.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for parts of the Lesser Antilles, including Barbados and St. Lucia.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Kirk reorganized and reintensified back into a Tropical Storm early Wednesday after dissipating late Monday afternoon. Weakening is expected on Friday and this weekend after the storm enters the Caribbean. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by Thursday afternoon or evening.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

In addition, pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and scattered thunderstorms can be expected with rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 millimeters), and isolated higher amount in mountainous areas. "These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides", the center warned.

Finally, Post-Tropical Cyclone Leslie, in the central Atlantic, has a 70 percent chance of becoming organized again over the next five days.

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