Tropical Storm Watch now in effect for SVG

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Meanwhile, Kirk has restrengthened into a tropical storm, and tropical storm warnings and watches have been issued for portions of the Lesser Antilles.

At 8 a.m, Tropical Storm Kirk, carrying maximum sustained winds near 45 miles per hour, was located about 415 miles east of Barbados and about 535 miles east southeast of Martinique and moving towards the west at 18 miles per hour. The storm had sustained winds of about 75 km an hour but was expected to strengthen within the next 24 hours. Rainfall accumulations of at least 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 millimetres) are possible between Wednesday night and Friday morning.

Residents are therefore advised to take all the necessary precautions.

Graphic illustration of Tropical Storm Kirk as at September 26, 2018.

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.

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A cyclone is a closed-circulation rotating storm that depending on its wind-speed intensity, is classified, from weakest to strongest, as a tropical depression, tropical storm or hurricane.

Interests elsewhere in the central and northern Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of Kirk as additional warnings or watches could be issued later today, N.H.C. said. Large waves and risky rip-tides can be expected. There may be thunderstorms in a few areas today and street/flash flooding and gusty winds are still possible in the event of heavy downpours.

No warnings were issued for the storm. A pocket of little to no shear will help Kirk gain strength as it moves to the west, but it's going to have a hard time overcoming the strong winds now settled over the Caribbean.

Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area by Thursday afternoon.

Leslie, now a post-tropical cyclone, is several hundred miles west-southwest of the Portuguese Azores.

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