Barbados has been inundated by heavy rains, winds, and floods over the last 24 hours as Tropical Storm Kirk moves slow across the Caribbean. Floods and continuous rain has forced the closure of schools, universities and other public services.
Meteorologist estimate over 2 and 4 inches of rain has fallen in the eastern part of the island.
Early Friday, the Barbados Meteorological Services discontinued the tropical storm warning for the island as well as for Dominica while the government of France has discontinued the tropical storm warning for Martinique and Guadeloupe, according to the National Hurricane Centre.
Tropical storm warnings, however, remain in effect for St Lucia with St Vincent and the Grenadines on a tropical storm watch for at least the next 12-24 hours.
Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago have also faced heavy rain although to a lesser degree due to the outer bands of the system.
According to a bulletin from the National Hurricane Centre, the system was located near latitude 13.5 north, longitude 63.0 west moving generally toward the west near 12 miles per hour (19 kilometers per hour) at 8 a.m. Friday and should maintain this level of movement over the next two days.
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 miles per hour (85 kilometers per hour) with higher gusts. Kirk is expected to a tropical depression later Friday or early Saturday.