At 8:00 a.m Wednesday, Tropical Storm Kirk was located near 12.0N 53.5W or about 415 miles …665km east of Barbados.
The minimum central pressure was 1004mb…29.65inches. Maximum sustained winds were near 45mph…75km/h. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the centre.
The system continues to movement towards the west near 18 mph (30 km/h). On this track, the centre of Kirk is expected to pass about 50 miles north of Barbados between Thursday morning and Thursday afternoon.
An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft will be investigating Kirk later Wednesday morning to provide more detailed information on the location and intensity of the storm.
Sustained surface winds of between 25 to 35 mph (40 to 55 km/h) with gusts to storm force are expected to spread across Barbados starting Wednesday night and persisting into Thursday.
In addition, pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and scattered thunderstorms are expected. Rainfall accumulations of at least 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 millimetres) are possible between Wednesday night and Friday morning.
Some flash flooding is likely in low-lying areas. Thus, residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.
Large easterly/south-easterly swells of 3.5 to 4.5 (11 to 15 ft) 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. Low-lying coastlines around the island will be particularly vulnerable at times of high tide.
Large waves and dangerous rip-tides can be expected. These will create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators. 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 will be in effect from 6:00 a.m today, Wednesday, 26th September, 2018 until 6:00 a.m Monday, 1st October.