Wednesday 14 November, 2018

Flooding, outages reported across Barbados as Maria passes north

As the centre of Hurricane Maria continues to move north-northwest of the island, Barbados remains under a Tropical Storm Watch.

Deputy Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Captain Robert Harewood, said this afternoon that the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) had so far received 19 reports of flooding and power outages across the island which were dealt with by the Barbados Light and Power, the Drainage Division and the Barbados Water Authority. 

The Barbados Meteorological Service has extended the flood warning until 6:00 p.m. today.

The Meteorological Services have also advised that sustained wind speeds of 29 to 35 mph with gusts to storm force can be expected across Barbados and therefore the Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect as TS Watch conditions may persist into tonight.

A storm watch means that storm conditions are possible within the impact areas.

In addition, large southeasterly swells of at least 13 to 20 feet are also forecasted to accompany the system and a high surf advisory and small craft warning remains in effect until noon tomorrow, Tuesday, September 19.

Residents are therefore urged to continue to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.