Over the last four hours, feeder bands trailing Tropical Storm Kirk has dumped heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds across most of Barbados.
The Barbados Meteorological Services says rainfall accumulations of three to five inches have already been recorded at its Charnocks location and similar amounts have occurred elsewhere across the island. It also reported wind gusts of 44 to 48 miles per hour
This activity is expected to persist into early tomorrow and as a result the flood warning will remain in effect for Barbados until 6 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, September 28.
The forecasters have residents in low-lying areas to remain alert and take all necessary precautions to protect life and property.
Meanwhile, at 11 p.m, Tropical Storm Kirk was located by an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft near 13.8 north, 61.4 west or about 136 miles … 220km northwest of Barbados.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 miles per hour with tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 130 miles ( to the south-east of the center.
Kirk is moving toward the west at 12 miles per hour but the system is expected to resume a west-northwestward motion early tomorrow along with an increase in forward speed.
The minimum central pressure was 1002mb…29.59 inches.
Gradual weakening is forecast as the system moves into the eastern Caribbean Sea.
Accompanying the system are easterly to south-easterly swells of 3.0 – 3.5 metres.
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.
The high-surf advisory and small craft warning remain in effect until 6:00 a.m Monday, October 1
The next advisory will be issued at 5 a.m.