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Volcanic ash and small craft warning extended

Volcanic ash and small craft warning extended

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The Barbados Meteorological Services today extended the volcanic ash and small-craft warning until 6 p.m.

Varying intensities of volcanic ash from the La Soufriere Volcano in St Vincent and the Grenadines continues to affect the island, while the small-craft warning is issued when reduced visibility (less than 5 km) is affecting the marine area.

Given the highly active nature of the La Soufriere Volcano, it is likely that further eruptions will occur, and depending on the intensity of the ash plume and wind direction, Barbados may continue to experience reduced visibility and further ash deposits.

  • Residents, visitors, and marine users must take action as ashfall will cause a significant reduction in visibility, and possible respiratory problems for those who experience difficulty in breathing.
  • People with respiratory issues or allergies must travel with, or have close at hand, all prescribed relevant medications in case of an emergency.
  • Marine users should stay in port, particularly if GPS is not in use on vessels. Closely monitor the forecast for critical updates.
  • Check that livestock have enough food and water. You may need to shelter livestock in heavy ashfall.
  • If you must drive, drive slowly as ashfall may reduce visibility.
  • You may need to use car headlights because of the reduced visibility.
  • Do not use the car’s ventilation system. (PR/SAT)