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Flash-flood watch in effect


Flash-flood watch in effect

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A flash-flood watch was issued at 6 a.m. on Thursday and will be updated at noon, or sooner, if conditions warrant.

Barbados Meteorological Services said a flash-flood watch is issued when heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period (generally less than six hours) could result in flash flooding within the watch area.

It does not mean that flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Surface to mid-level instability affecting Barbados has generated rainfall accumulations of just under an inch across some sections of the island during the night.

The watch is in effect due to the already saturated nature of the soils and the possibility that some moderate to heavy showers will persist. Maximum rainfall accumulations of 15.0 to 25.0 mm in moderate to heavy showers are expected.

Residents and visitors should be prepared for strong runoff from higher elevations. Soil erosion is likely on bared or scarred land surfaces. Debris such as rocks, mud and tree foliage could end up on roads and property. Traffic delays are likely. Flooding at the foot of hillsides and coastal roads and increased water levels of existing water bodies (e.g ponds etc.) are also possible.

For more information specific to your area, please visit:- https://www.barbadosweather.org/weatherBarResp.php or the social media pages of Barbados Meteorological Services. (PR)