"Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) with higher gusts, and rapid strengthening is forecast to continue through tonight".
You can count on the NBC2 Hurricane Tracking Team to alert you first on any breaking developments with Tropical Storm Kirk.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for... It wasn't expected to strengthen beyond that but it was expected to dump more rain on parts of the already hard hit Carolinas, some of which are still under water after Hurricane Florence.
At 5:00 am today, Tropical Storm Kirk was located near 11.8N 52.7W or about 580 miles (935 km) east of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the centre.
"This disturbance is likely to redevelop into a tropical cyclone during the next day or two before it moves into an area of highly unfavourable upper-level winds as it approaches the Caribbean Sea", NHC said. Movement was towards the west near 18 miles per hour (30 km/h). On the forecast track, the center of Kirk will move over the Lesser Antilles within the Tropical Storm Warning area Thursday afternoon.
The government of France has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Guadeloupe and Martinique. A westward to west- northwestward motion is expected through Friday night.
NHC said that little change in strengthening is forecast until Kirk crosses the Lesser Antilles, followed by weakening over the eastern Caribbean Sea.
According to forecasters, whatever becomes of the remnants, whether they become a tropical depression or tropical storm, or remain a disorganized patch of storms and clouds, they are heading into winds that could tear the storm apart.
"Tropical-storm-force winds are expected to stay south of the territory".
These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides on the islands.