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Island under flood watch


Island under flood watch

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At 12 noon today the Barbados Meteorological Services issued a flood watch for Barbados.

The flood watch will remain in place until 12 noon tomorrow, August 18.

A flood watch means that the conditions are favourable and there exists the possibility of some flooding within the watch area, in this case, within the next 12 to 24 hours.

Cloudy skies and scattered showers which affected the island during the night and into the early morning were associated with an approaching tropical wave (axis now near 57/58°W).

Shower activity diminished as the morning progressed, but latest satellite and radar imagery indicate the potential for some outbreaks of moderate to heavy showers during this afternoon and into tonight. Further analysis suggests that this wave will continue to affect the island into tomorrow.

As a consequence of the rainfall activity experienced across some sections of the island over the past few days, any additional rainfall is likely to result in some localised flooding.

Residents in flood-prone areas should be on the alert and take the necessary precautions.

This watch may be up-graded to a warning if conditions warrant. (PR)