The fickle storm is forecast to expire yet again after it crosses the islands and heads into the eastern Caribbean.
Kirk reorganized and reintensified back into a Tropical Storm early Wednesday after dissipating late Monday afternoon.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles mainly to the north and east of the center. A watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
According to the Barbados Meteorological Services, sustained surface winds of between 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts to storm force are expected to spread across Barbados starting later tonight and persisting into tomorrow. "Across eastern Puerto Rico, Kirk is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum totals of 6 inches by Friday and Saturday".
GOES-East satellite image of disturbance off the Carolinas on Sept. 25 2018
The storm has 50 miles per hour winds and is moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour, the agency said, adding that several warnings and watches are in effect. A small-craft warning means in this case that mean wind-speeds of 25 to 33 knots (47 to 62 km/h) and/or seas equal to or greater than 3m (10ft) will be affecting the marine area.
N.H.C. said interests elsewhere in the central and northern Lesser Antilles, which includes the U.S. Virgin Islands, should monitor the progress of Kirk as additional warnings or watches could be issued tonight. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by Thursday afternoon.
NOTE: A Hurricane Warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves continue, even if the winds have subsided below hurricane intensity. "These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides", the center warned.
But post-tropical cyclones can continue to carry heavy rains and high winds.
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