"We don't believe Cayman will be impacted with the winds associated with Tropical Storm Kirk, but we do expect moisture", Mr. Miller said. Kirk is moving off to the west at 18 miles per hour, and will gradually strengthen over the next few days. Sustained winds of between 25 to 35 miles per hour (40 to 55 km/h) with higher gusts are possible across the islands today as the system passes to the north.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC- Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Dale Marshall says there will be no national shutdown of the country due to the passage of Tropical Storm Kirk.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbados, St Lucia, Dominique, Martinique, and Guadeloupe.
Gilbert Miller, a senior forecaster with the Cayman Islands National Weather Service, said Wednesday afternoon that the storm is slated to impact Jamaica Monday and pass south of Cayman.
Gradual weakening is anticipated during the next couple of days, but Kirk is forecast to move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea as a tropical storm. Leslie could be reclassified as a subtropical or tropical later Thursday. The system is expected to run into heavy wind shear as it enters the Caribbean Sea, which will likely work to tear it apart. It could regain sub-tropical storm status later this week.
A tropical storm watch in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
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. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by Thursday afternoon or evening. "These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides", the center warned.