Sunday 25 October, 2020

Island-wide Flash Flood Watch issued by the Met Office

Tropical Storm Wilfred at noon on September 18, and  its path over this weekend. (Photo credit: Barbados Meteorological Office)

Tropical Storm Wilfred at noon on September 18, and its path over this weekend. (Photo credit: Barbados Meteorological Office)

Barbados is under a Flash Flood Watch.

Issued at 11:05 am, minutes ago, the Barbados Meteorological Service said that the Watch comes as a result of heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time, generally less than 6 hours, and when this could result in flooding within the Watch area.

 

Video caption: Flash Flooding in the North on September 13, 2020.

A Flash Flood Watch does not mean that flooding will occur, but it is possible.

This alert could be terminated at 6pm today or sooner if conditions warrant.

Residents and visitors should be prepared for the following possibilities if this alert level elevates to red: 

  • 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.

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