Kirk intensifies back into a Tropical Storm

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

The National Hurricane Center said it is now headed toward the northern Windward Islands, where tropical storm warnings and watches were issued Wednesday morning.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 50 mph (85km/h) with tropical-storm-force winds now extending outwards to about 140 miles (220 km), mostly north and east of the center. The storm was moving west-northwest at 14 miles per hour and had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour.

The fickle storm is forecast to expire yet again after it crosses the islands and heads into the eastern Caribbean.

A hurricane is a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained surface winds of 74 miles per hour or greater.

Chances Kirk will redevelop increase, tropical depression possible off North Carolina
Tropical Storm Kirk forms again Wednesday morning

From late Friday and into this weekend, clusters of showers and thunderstorms have the potential to bring localised flash flooding to the United States and the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. It could regain sub-tropical storm status later this week.

The NHC noted that while winds might not be of major concern, rainfall is.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St Vincent and the Grenadines. "Strong westerly shear is likely to continue to adversely affect Kirk while it moves over the Caribbean, and the system should weaken into a depression within 72 hours or sooner, and become a remnant low later in the forecast period".

The outer bands of the storm is expected to hit the eastern part of Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Maria previous year. It's about 500 miles east of the islands. The NHC is giving post-tropical cyclone Leslie a 50% chance of tropical or subtropical development in the next two days, and a 90% chance over the next five days. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by this afternoon. These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

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