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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 1:15 p.m. today and will be updated at 6 p.m. or sooner if conditions warrant.

A flash-flood watch is issued when heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time (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, according to the Barbados Meteorological Services (BMS).

Throughout the morning, about an inch of rainfall accumulation was recorded across southern and western parts of the island, due to a trough system.

A further one to two inches of rainfall are expected as the afternoon progresses.

The Met Office said residents and visitors should be prepared for significant runoff from higher elevations. In addition, significant soil erosion is 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.), and significant delays on traffic routes with some roads possibly impassable are also likely.

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.

For more information specific to your area, please visit: or the social media pages of BMS. (PR)