Warnings have been issued for the islands of Barbados and St. Lucia as Tropical Storm Kirk has regenerated and is on a westward track toward the Caribbean.
It could be a short-lived threat, however.
The storm, located in the western Atlantic about 470 miles east of Barbados at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, once again is a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It is moving west near 18 mph and is forecast to continue to track west to west-northwest through Friday night, approaching Barbados and the northern Windward Islands on Thursday afternoon and the eastern Caribbean Sea on Friday morning.
But forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say wind shear could tear the storm apart once it enters the Caribbean, but after dumping up to 10 inches of rain.
Meanwhile, forecasters say a weak area of low pressure off the North Carolina coast could produce showers near the coast, but either merge with another frontal system or dissipate as it moves north toward New England.
And Leslie is now a post-tropical cyclone that poses no threat in the north-central Atlantic.