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Flash flood warning in effect


Flash flood warning in effect

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Barbados Meteorological Services today issued a flash flood warning, which was valid from 7:50 a.m. and will be updated at 6 p.m. or sooner, if necessary.

A flash-flood warning is issued when flooding due to heavy or excessive rainfall in a short time (generally less than six hours ) is occurring or is imminent in the warning area.

Some sections of Barbados recorded around an inch (25 mm) of rainfall overnight as a tropical wave affected the island. Unsettled conditions are expected to continue throughout today and into tonight, according to a bulletin from the Met Office.

As a result, frequent bursts of moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected.

Maximum rainfall accumulations of 40.0 mm to 75.0 mm in heavy showers are likely.

The public should prepare for the following:

Significant run off from higher elevations

Significant soil erosion likely on exposed or scarred land surfaces

Significant adjustments to water levels of existing water bodies (ponds etc.)

Significant delays on traffic routes with some roads possibly impassable.

Large objects or debris from higher elevations may also become embedded within fast-moving water flows.

Significant flooding at the foot of hillsides and coastal roads is possible. (PR)