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Ill winds

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Ill winds

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The weather system affecting Barbados caused multiple incidents of flash flooding yesterday.
Once again heavy persistent showers drenched Barbados, resulting in reported flooding across the island in areas such as Rose Hill in St Peter, Salters in St George, Sunset Crest in St James, and James Street, The City, along with parts of Belleville in St Michael.
In Sunset Crest, motorists whose vehicles were in the car park near Sandy Crest had difficulty getting to their vehicles as the cars were surrounded by water, while over at Hibiscus Avenue both motorists and pedestrians had to take their time travelling through nearly knee-high waters. This was also the case in Salters.
In addition, a large section of paling at a construction site in Holetown, St James, where Chefette was once located, came down due to heavy rain and strong wind. Workmen from C.O. Williams Construction were on hand trying to put it back up.
A special weather bulletin was issued by Barbados Meteorological Services yesterday, advising Barbadians to expect more heavy showers and advising those in flood-prone areas to take all the necessary precautions.
“There has been no significant change in the unsettled weather which have been affecting Barbados over the past few days as a passing tropical wave embedded within a broad area of low pressure continues to affect the islands of the Eastern Caribbean.
Another tropical wave is also forecasted to move across the area within another 24 to 36 hours, adding to the instability.
“Thus, the weather conditions are expected to continue into Wednesday, during which time some outbreaks of moderate to heavy showers and scattered thunderstorms will spread across the island.
“Windspeeds will also remain light and this will contribute to an element of localized showers during the daytime. 
“With the already saturated nature of the earth, some flash-flooding is possible. Residents in flood-prone areas should take all necessary precautions and remain on the alert. Some improvement in the conditions is expected by Thursday.” (RL/PR/CA)