A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, today, Thursday.
Forecasters say that at 5 a.m., Tropical Storm Kirk was near 13.5 north, 58.3 west or about 200 miles (320 km) east of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
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 centre.
The forward speed has decreased to near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this is expected to further decrease over the next few days.
Kirk is moving towards the west-northwest. On this track, the centre of the system is expected to pass approximately 80 miles to the north of mainland St. Vincent later today.
Sustained winds of between 25 to 35 mph (40 to 55 km/h) with higher gusts are possible across the islands today as the system passes to the north.
In addition, pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and scattered thunderstorms can be expected with rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 millimetres), and isolated higher amount in mountainous areas. Residents and motorists in areas prone to flooding and landslides, near rivers and streams are advised to be alert.
Large easterly swells of 3 to 4.5 (10 to 15 ft) are forecast to accompany the system.
By weekend, northerly swells generated by post-Tropical cyclone Leslie, are expected to propagate southwards across our area. Large waves and dangerous riptides can create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators, and these conditions may become even more adverse at times of high tide. Sea bathers and other users of the sea are advised to stay out of the water.
A high-surf advisory and small-craft warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1.
High Tide times are expected around:
7:28 a.m. and 8:49 p.m. on Thursday; 8:09 a.m. and 9:44 p.m. on Friday, 8:51 a.m. and 10:29 p.m. Saturday and 9:35 a.m. and 11:08 p.m. on Sunday
The next advisory is scheduled to be at 12 noon.