The Barbados Meteorological Services said the center of Tropical Storm Kirk is expected to pass about 50 miles to the north of Barbados between 9 and 10 a.m. today.
In its 5 a.m. bulletin, Tropical Storm Kirk was centered near 13.5 degrees North, 58.3 degrees west or about 85 miles east north east 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 approaches the northern Windward Islands.
The system is moving towards the west north-west near 16 mph (26 km/h). This motion is expected to continue over the next few days.
Sustained surface winds of 25 to 35 mph (40 to 55 km/h) with gusts to storm force are expected to spread across the island from mid-morning today.
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 mm) are possible between today 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.
The Met Office said that throughout the night, computer guidance and satellite imagery continue to show the higher rainfall accumulations and stronger winds passing north of Barbados as the day progresses. The center the storm has now come into view of BMS radar composite imagery as it tracks west north-westward towards Martinique.
The next advisory will be issued at 8:00 a.m