Sunday 25 October, 2020

Flood watch in effect for Barbados

Image by Barbados Meteorological Services (BMS)

Image by Barbados Meteorological Services (BMS)

The Barbados Meteorological Services has issued an islandwide flood watch with effect from 9:30 am to 6 pm or sooner if conditions warrant. 

"This is as a result of a tropical wave that is affecting the island. We've been having some isolated, heavy, moderate to heavy showers across the island which resulted in rainfall totals of almost an inch of rainfall in some areas, mainly in the St George, St John area and we can expect a further accumulation of about 25 mm to an inch during the afternoon as these isolated showers move across the island," said Acting Deputy Director of Barbados Meteorological Services, Semelka Jackman

On the Met Office website it said that maximum rainfall of 25 mm to 50 mm (one to two inches) in moderate to heavy showers are likely. 

Residents and visitors have been advised to be aware of the following possibilities: 

  • Significant runoff from higher elevations.
  • Soil erosion is likely on barred or scarred land surfaces.
  • Large water settlements on roads and fields.
  • Debris such as small rocks, mud along with tree foliage could end up on roads and property. 
  • Traffic delays are likely. 
  • Flooding at the foot of hillsides and coastal roads is possible.

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