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Deluge sparks flash flooding


SHERRYLYN TOPPIN, [email protected]

Deluge sparks flash flooding

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A sudden downpour caught pedestrians and motorists by surprise yesterday afternoon.

And as traffic slowed to a crawl on some of Barbados’ major roads, the lightning flashed and thunder rolled.

The Barbados Meteorological Services attributed the deluge to a “combination of light winds, strong daytime heating and adequate low-level moisture” which generated moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms over some central, northern and north-western districts.

A flood warning was in effect for those sections of the island from 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m., with two to three inches of rainfall predicted.

Police issued a notice urging the public to stay away from the St James roads at Paynes Bay and Holders Hill, where water was high and some vehicles had stalled.

A video making the rounds on social media showed several people trapped in a truck in water inches from the window as water flowed down an embankment.(SAT)

Please read the full story in today’s Weekend Nation, or in the eNATION edition.

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