Tropical Storm Kirk to rake in lesser Antilles

MIAMI – Forecasters say that Tropical Storm Kirk is on a path to dump heavy rains that can cause dangerous flooding to the eastern Caribbean.

At 8 a.m. EST, the National Hurricane Center says the center of Kirk was about 60 miles (95 km) east of Barbados. It had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph) and was moving forward at 16 km / h (26 km / h).

Tropical storm-force winds are blowing as far as 140 miles (225 kilometers) from Kirk’s center. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the islands of Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

The storm center will move across the lesser Antilles on Thursday evening on the current track. Forecasters expect it to gradually weaken to a tropical depression after crossing the island chain.

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