Barbados still under storm watch
CAPTAIN ROBERT HAREWOOD, Deputy Director of the Department of Emergency Management has issued the following press statement.
“As the centre of Hurricane Maria continues to move north northwest of the island, Barbados remains under a tropical storm watch.
With the passage of the system, the National Emergency Operations Centre received 19 reports of flooding and power outages across the island, which were dealt with by the Barbados Light and Power, the Drainage Division and the Barbados Water Authority.
The Barbados Meteorological Services has extended the flood warning until 6 p.m. today.
The Meteorological Services have also advised that sustained windspeeds of 29 to 35 mph with gusts to storm force can be expected across Barbados and therefore the Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect as such conditions may persist into tonight.
A storm watch means that storm conditions are possible within the impact areas.
In addition, large south-easterly swells of at least 13 to 20 feet are also forecast to accompany the system and a high surf advisory and small craft warning remains in effect until noon tomorrow, Tuesday, September 19.
Residents are therefore urged to continue to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions”. (PR)