Tropical Storm Kirk, which lost strength and had dissipated earlier this week as it crossed the tropical Atlantic, has strengthened and reemerged Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami. Forecasters say little additional change in strength is expected through Thursday and is expected to weaken as it crosses over the eastern Caribbean Sea.
According to the NHC’s 2 p.m. EDT advisory, Kirk was located about 305 miles east of Barbados and about 430 miles east-southeast of Martinique, moving west at about 18 mph. The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph with tropical storm-force winds reaching outward up to 115 miles from the center.
In the Pacific coast, weather officials are monitoring Hurricane Rosa. Forecasters said it is expected to strengthen but doesn’t pose an immediate threat to land.
Tropical storm warning
The NHC announced a tropical storm warning for Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe with tropical storm conditions that may happen within the next 36 hours.
Tropical storm watch
NHC said a tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines — with tropical storm conditions appearing within the next 36 hours.
Possible rain fall
NHC says Kirk can produce total rainfall of 4 to 6 inches across the northern Windward and southern Leeward Islands — with isolated maximum totals up to 10 inches across Martinique and Dominica. They warn of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
Latest forecast track
The NHC released an image showing Kirk’s forecasted movement through Monday at 8 a.m. ET.
Hurricane Florence aftermath
Meanwhile, record flooding is likely on the South Carolina coast in wake of Hurricane Florence. The NHC said a broad area of low pressure about 300 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, was producing showers and thunderstorms on its north side.
Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane Sept. 14 and has since killed at least 47 people across multiple states.
Economic research firm Moody’s Analytics estimated that the storm has caused around $44 billion in damage and lost output, one of the 10 costliest hurricanes to hit the U.S. The worst disaster, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, cost $192.2 billion in today’s dollars. Last year’s Hurricane Harvey cost $133.5 billion.