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Flash flood warning remains in effect


Flash flood warning remains in effect

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A flash flood warning issued by Barbados Meteorological Services earlier today remains in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow.

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 areas have recorded almost two inches (50 mm) of rainfall as the leading edge of a tropical wave began to affect the island.

This tropical wave, in combination with the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone, is expected to affect the island overnight. Therefore, unsettled conditions will persist into tonight, according to a bulletin from the Met Office.

Moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms can be expected islandwide.

Additional rainfall accumulations of 20.0 to 40.0 mm in moderate to heavy showers are expected throughout the night.

The public should prepare for the following:

• Significant run off from higher elevations

• Significant soil erosion likely on exposed or scarred land surfaces

• Large water settlements on roads and fields

• 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)