The remnants of Kirk regenerated into a tropical storm and a Tropical Storm Watch is currently in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

This means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 36 hours.

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services said that at 11:00 am, the center of ‘Tropical Storm Kirk’ was near latitude 12.1 North, longitude 54.3 West or about 420 miles east of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The minimum central pressure is 1002 millibars. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 miles per hour.

Movement was towards the west near 18 miles per hour and a westward to west-northward motion is expected over the next few days.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.

The center of Tropical Storm Kirk is expected to pass between 80 to 100 miles north of St. Vincent and the Grenadines between tomorrow morning and tomorrow afternoon.

Regardless of further development, occasional surface winds between 25 to 35 miles per hour with higher gusts could spread across the islands starting tonight and persisting into tomorrow into early Friday.

Moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and scattered thunderstorms can be expected with rainfall accumulations of at least 2 to 4 inches and even greater in mountainous areas between tonight and Friday. Residents should take the necessary precautions.

Meanwhile, easterly swells of 10 to 12 feet could accompany Tropical Storm Kirk by tomorrow afternoon. By late Friday, northerly swells generated by Post-Tropical cyclone Leslie, are expected to propagate southwards with swells 6 to 10 feet possible on our northern and eastern coasts.

Low-lying coastlines could be particularly vulnerable especially at times of high tide. Large waves and dangerous rip-tides can create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators, sea bathers and other users of the sea.

Therefore, a High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning will be in effect from 6:00 pm today, September 26, 2018 until 6:00am Monday, October 1.

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