UPDATE: Flash Flood Watch in effect due to trough, tropical wave
[7am update, October 29]
The Barbados Meteorological Service has discontinued the Flash Flood Watch as of 6am.
Barbados was under a Flash Flood Watch for almost 24 hours straight. The Watch went into effect yesterday morning at 9:30 am and was extended twice as rains continued.
[6:30 pm update]
The Barbados Met Office has taken the decision to extend the Flash Flood Watch again.
The Flash Flood Watch now remains in effect until 6am tomorrow, October 29.
Flash Flood Watch remains in effect and will be updated at 6pm or sooner if conditions warrant.
A Flash-Flood Watch is issued when heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time (generally less than six hours) could result in flash flooding within the watch area. It does not mean that flooding will occur, but it is possible.
[Original story: 10:30 am, October 28, 2020]
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Barbados from 9:30 am today.
The Barbados Meteorological Service initially said this watch will be updated at 12noon.
A Flash Flood Watch is issued when heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time (generally less than 6 hours) could result in flash flooding within the watch area. It does not mean that flooding will occur, but it is possible.
What caused the watch to be in effect?
A tropical wave interacting with a mid to upper-level trough is forecast to produce maximum rainfall accumulations of 25.0 to 50.0 mm in heavy showers across Barbados over the next few hours. These accumulation totals could increase later today as conditions become more unsettled across the island.
Residents and visitors should be prepared for the following possibilities if this alert level elevates to red (Warning):
Significant runoff from higher elevations.
Significant soil erosion is likely on exposed or scarred land surfaces.
Large water settlements on roads and fields.
Significant adjustments to water levels of existing water bodies (ponds etc).
Significant delays on traffic routes with some roads possibly impassable.
Large objects or debris from higher elevations may also become embedded within fast-moving water flows.
Significant flooding at the foot of hillsides and coastal roads is possible.
For more details, visit www.barbadosweather.org