The centre of T.S Kirk continues to move west-northwestward and away from Barbados. However, feeder bands trailing the system are expected to move across the island later this evening into early tomorrow bringing pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain, isolated thunderstorms and occasional gusty winds.
Rainfall accumulations of one (1) to two (2) inches (25 to 50 mm) are possible and residents should still remain on the alert and take all necessary precautions.
Meanwhile, at 5:00 p.m, Tropical Storm “Kirk” was centred near 14.2N 60.2W or about 85 miles ... 135km northwest of Barbados.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 mph…85km/h, with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 120 miles (190 km) to the east and north of the centre, and 110 miles (175 km) to the southeast of the centre.
The minimum central pressure was 1000mb…29.53 inches.
Gradual weakening is forecast as the system moves into the eastern Caribbean Sea.
Easterly to south-easterly swells of 3.0 - 3.5 metres (10 to 11ft) are also forecast to accompany the system. These adverse sea-conditions are expected to persist into the week-end when northerly swells being generated by the remnants of Post-Tropical cyclone Leslie in the north-central Atlantic, propagate southwards across the Lesser Antilles.
Large waves and dangerous rip-tides can be expected. These will create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators and fishermen. Sea-bathers and other users of the sea are also advised to stay out of the water. Thus, a High-Surf Advisory and small craft Warning remain in effect until 6:00 a.m Monday, 1st October.
A small-craft warning means in this case that mean 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. A High-Surf Advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses a threat to life and property within the surf zone.
The next advisory will be 8:00 p.m.