Thursday 14 November, 2019

Weather Alert: Flash Flood Watch upgraded

The flash flood watch put in place for the island by the Barbados Meteorological Service, today Saturday, November 9, has been upgraded to a warning.

A Flash Flood Warning means in this case that flooding due to heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period (generally less than 6 hours) is already occurring within the Warning area.

They said in a statement that the combination of a westward-moving tropical wave and an upper-level trough has been generating pockets of moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and occasional gusty winds over some sections of Barbados during the last several hours.

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Rainfall accumulations of 25 to 50mm or about one to two inches have been observed over some northern sections of the island and further accumulations of similar amounts are possible over the warning area within the next few hours. This could result in flash flooding in flood-prone areas.

Hence a Flash Flood Warning is now in effect until 5 pm today, November 9. Residents in Flash Flood-prone areas should be on the alert and take the necessary precautions.

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