Wednesday 18 September, 2019

Flash Flood Watch in effect as Tropical Wave swoops by Barbados

A Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for Barbados until 6:00 am tomorrow, Sunday, August 18, 2019.

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The Watch was issued by the Barbados Meteorological Service today, Saturday, August 17, at 3:00 pm. However, the Met Office has advised that the Watch could be upgraded to a Flash Flood Warning if conditions warrant.

The Met Office said in a press release that the Flash Flood Watch came because 'a strong Tropical Wave in combination with the ITCZ have been generating pockets of moderate to heavy showers and periods of rain across Barbados and the southern Windward Islands during the last several hours. This activity is expected to continue over Barbados for at least another six to 12 hours with further rainfall accumulations of one to three inches possible over the Watch area.'

Residents in flood-prone areas are cautioned to be on the alert to take the necessary precautions if conditions become threatening.

What is a Flash Flood Watch?

A Flash Flood Watch means that flooding due to heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time, generally less than six hours, is likely within the Watch area.

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