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National Hurricane Center Says TS Kirk Will Fizzle Out Into A Trough of Low Pressure

SAN JUAN — Tropical Storm Kirk dropped heavy rain and unleashed flooding as it passed through the eastern Caribbean on Thursday. There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect today.

Officials on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe closed schools on yesterday and today as a preventive measure. Rain and thunderstorms were starting to spread across Barbados.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said that up to 10 inches of rain could fall in parts of Dominica and Martinique.

Forecasters warned of strong winds and said mudslides and flash flooding are possible.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was located about 185 miles west-southwest of Martinique. It was moving west-northwest at 13 mph.

In Puerto Rico, which was badly damaged by Hurricane Maria last year and is still recovering from the storm, Kirk was expected to bring between two and four inches of rain to the eastern part of the island.

Forecasters said Kirk was expected to become a tropical depression late Friday and degenerate into a trough of low pressure by Sunday.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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