The Barbados Meteorological Services cautions citizens not to let down their guard even as Tropical Storm Kirk continues to move west-northwestward, away from Barbados still under a storm warning.
Local forecasters say 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.
The Met Office says rainfall accumulations of one to two inches are possible and residents should still remain on alert and take all necessary precautions.
Meanwhile, at 5 p.m, Tropical Storm Kirk was centered near 14.2 degrees north, 60.2 degrees west or about 85 miles 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.
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 10-11 feet 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.
Therefore, a high-surf advisory and a small craft warning remain in effect until 6 a.m Monday, October 1.