Conditions in Barbados are deteriorating as the center of Tropical Storm Kirk continues its trek 50 miles to the north of the island.
The Barbados Meteorological Services says the system will pass between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The 8 a.m weather bulletin said Tropical Storm “Kirk” was centered near 13.6 north, 58.7 west or about 60 miles east north-east of Barbados.
Maximum sustained winds remain at 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 continues to approach the northern Windward Islands.
The minimum central pressure was 1002mb…29.59 inches.
The system is moving towards the west north-west near 16 miles per hour. This motion is expected to continue over the next few days.
Sustained surface winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts to storm force are expected to spread across the island from mid-morning.
The Met Office also advises that pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and scattered thunderstorms are expected with rainfall accumulations of at least two to four inches are possible between today and Friday morning. As a result some flash-flooding is likely in low-lying areas and residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.
The forecasters say computer guidance and satellite imagery continue to show the higher rainfall accumulations and stronger winds passing north of Barbados as the day progresses. Also southwesterly wind shear across the system will contribute to the displacement of most of the intense convection to the north and north-east of the center.
The next bulletin will be issued at 11 a.m.