Tropical storm Kirk has redeveloped east of the Lesser Antilles and is expected to slam into the Windward Islands on Thursday and could bring about life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides, The Weather Channel reported.
Kirk first developed Saturday morning south of the Cabo Verde islands, but during a Monday advisory, forecasters rated the storm as a tropical depression and said it did not pose any land threat as it continued to move west across the eastern Atlantic.
However, the storm has since redeveloped, prompting tropical storm watches and warnings to be posted, according to a tweet by the National Hurricane Center.
Kirk is currently located over 400 miles east of Barbados but rapidly moving west, according to The Weather Channel.
Within the next 36 hours, tropical storm conditions are expected to hit Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Meanwhile, tropical storm watches have been posted for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Kirk will bring about strong winds and heavy rains totaling between 4 to 6 inches, and up to 10 inches in certain places, from Friday.
Forecasters are concerned that the heavy rainfall could trigger flash flooding and mudslides over the mountainous islands of Barbados and St. Lucia to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.
Fortunately, a wall of wind shear is expected to rip Kirk apart in the Caribbean Sea this weekend, before the tropical storm can threaten other areas in the region, The Weather Channel reported.
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