At 2 p.m., Tropical Storm “Kirk” was centered near 14.0 degrees north or 59.9 west or about 60 miles north- northwest of Barbados.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 miles per hour with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 120 miles to the east and north of the center, and 110 miles to the southeast of the center. Some weakening is forecast as the system continues to approach the northern Windward Islands.
The minimum central pressure was 1000mb…29.53 inches
The system is moving towards the west north-west near 15 miles per hour but a decrease in forward speed is expected over the next 12 to 24 hours.
As the center of the system moves away from Barbados, wind-speeds between 20 to 30 miles per hour with occasional higher gusts will persist across the island during the afternoon and into tonight.
The Met office says satellite and radar imagery continue to indicate that some pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and isolated thunderstorms are still likely during the next 12 to 24 hours. It however noted that the island is likely to see rainfall accumulations of only one to two inches. Residents are still advised to remain alert and take all necessary precautions.
The forecasters added that easterly to south-easterly swells of 3.0 – 3.5 metres are also forecast to accompany the system. These adverse sea-conditions are expected to persist into the weekend 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 a.m Monday, October 1.