Heavy late night and early morning showers pounded southern and central Barbados, dumping more than two inches of rain in some parts of the island and forcing the postponement of several planned social events and church services yesterday.
There were no reports of injury and there was apparently little dislocation; but the flooding associated with a trough system meant that several Barbadians had difficulty getting in and out of their homes.
Reggae On The Hill, slated for Farley Hill, St Peter, with Haitian international musician and record producer Wyclef Jean as the headline act, was postponed, along with church services, including one planned by the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU).
Meteorological Office officials have forecast more rain for today, but not with the same intensity as Saturday’s and yesterday’s, meaning there is every chance Reggae On The Hill and the fourth One-Day cricket international between West Indies and Pakistan at Kensington Oval could come off.
“There are going to be some scattered showers, but not the drenching that we had. It is possible that Reggae On The Hill could come off, but may necessitate a change of venue,” said acting senior meteorologist Clairmonte Williams.
For the first four months of this year, more than 12 inches of rain fell in Barbados, way above the average over the last 30 years, which is just under eight inches. In the corresponding period last year, just 5.25 inches of rain fell.