Saturday 28 November, 2020

UPDATE: Flash flood watch for Barbados discontinued

[12:50 pm]

The Barbados Meteorological Service has discontinued the Flash Flood Watch as of noon.

Loop contacted the Met Office for the noon update.


[Original story: 10:45 am]

A flash flood watch notice is in effect for Barbados until 12 pm or sooner if conditions. 

Additionally, a tropical wave is expected to generate moderate to heavy showers across the island today. The Barbados Meteorological Services (BMS) has reported rainfall accumulations of 15.0 to 30.0 mm are likely to occur. 

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.

Residents and visitors should be prepared for the following possibilities:

  •  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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