Tropical Storm Kirk is now packing winds near 60 miles per hour as it nears the Lesser Antilles.
A reconnaissance aircraft discovered the higher wind speed but forecasters say little change in strength is expected until Kirk crosses the Lesser Antilles late tomorrow.
According to the 2 p.m. bulletin issued by the Barbados Meteorological Services, the system is moving towards the west near 18 miles per hour, with a west to west northwestward motion expected over the next 12 to 24 hours.
On its present track the center of Kirk is expected to pass about 50 miles to the north of Barbados between tomorrow morning and tomorrow afternoon.
The Met office says Barbados will experience gusty winds, heavy showers, periods of rain and scattered thunderstorms later tonight and tomorrow.
It has also cautioned that rainfall accumulations of two-four inches are possible between tonight and Friday morning and therefore flash flooding is likely in low lying areas.
Residents are therefore advised to take all the necessary precautions.
The next advisory will be issued at 5 p.m.