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Chances Kirk will redevelop increase, tropical depression possible off North Carolina

27 September 2018
Chances Kirk will redevelop increase, tropical depression possible off North Carolina

The National Hurricane Center has reissued tropical storm warnings for Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominca, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

The tropical wave associated with the remnants of Tropical Depression Kirk has regenerated into Tropical Storm Kirk.

A tropical storm watch in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It wasn't expected to strengthen beyond that but it was expected to dump more rain on parts of the already hard hit Carolinas, some of which are still under water after Hurricane Florence.

According to the NHC, the centre of Tropical Storm Kirk was located near latitude 12.1 North, longitude 54.3 West and is moving toward the west near 18 miles per hour.

The system is moving towards the west north-west near 16 miles per hour (26 km/h).

"This disturbance is likely to redevelop into a tropical cyclone during the next day or two before it moves into an area of highly unfavourable upper-level winds as it approaches the Caribbean Sea", NHC said. It could regain sub-tropical storm status later this week. Forecasters said they expected Kirk to remain on its west-northwestward track until Friday night, as it crosses in to the eastern Caribbean Sea, and is expected to rapidly dissipate again.

"Little change in strength is forecast until Kirk moves through the central Lesser Antilles Thursday afternoon and evening".

But regardless of whether or not Kirk intensifies further this time or remains a tropical storm, forecasters say the conditions up ahead in its path will not be amenable to the its long-term survival.

The longer-term forecast doesn't keep Kirk around for too long.

Across eastern Puerto Rico, Kirk is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum totals of 6 inches by Friday and Saturday. These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.