Tropical Storm Kirk reemerges, strengthens in Atlantic, forecasters say

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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. Because hurricane preparedness activities become hard once winds reach tropical storm force, the Watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the onset of tropical storm force winds.

There are no costal warnings or watches in effect at the current time. It is also located 480 miles southwest of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico.

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A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when Tropical Storm conditions, including winds of 39-73 mph, are EXPECTED in a specified coastal area within 36 hours or less.

Tropical storm Kirk intensified on Wednesday as it makes its way towards the eastern Caribbean with several countries being put on a tropical storm warning.

Another named storm, Leslie, was downgraded to a non-tropical storm Tuesday.

"On the forecast track, Kirk is expected to approach Barbados and the northern Windward Islands Thursday afternoon and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea by Friday morning", the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said.

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Wind: Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area by Thursday afternoon, making outside preparations hard or unsafe.

An identical warning has been issued by France's government for Guadeloupe and Martinique.

The weather system does not now pose any threat to land.

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

While the Atlantic Ocean is taking a reprieve from major hurricanes, over in the Pacific Ocean Typhoon Trami poses a threat to Taiwan and Japan.

A tropical depression is a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained surface winds (one-minute average) of 38 miles per hour or less.

Forecasters say the monster storm will cause high winds, flooding and mudslides on arrival.