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Flash Flood Watch issued

May 31, 2023

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Barbados.

This alert is issued when heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time (generally less than 6 hours) could result in flash flooding within the watch area. It does not mean that flooding will occur, but it is possible.

A tropical wave is currently affecting the island and rainfall accumulations of up to 25mm have been recorded across parts of the island. These unstable conditions will continue to affect the island into tonight generating pockets of moderate to heavy showers. A further 25mm to 50mm is possible during the next 12 hours.

People should be prepared for the following possibilities if this alert level elevates to red:

  • Significant runoff from higher elevations.
    -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.).
    -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.

This alert message is valid from 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2023, and will be updated at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2023, or sooner if conditions warrant.

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