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Flash Flood Watch in effect for Barbados

September 28th, 2022

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect 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.

The intertropical convergence zone in combination with a low-level trough system continues to affect Barbados. Over the past 24 hours between 1 to 3 inches of rainfall was recorded across parts of the island. Localized activity during the late morning and into the afternoon across northern, northeastern, western, and central parishes is likely to generate further accumulations of up to 3 inches. Due to the already saturated nature of the soils, any additional rainfall is likely to cause flooding.

The following impacts are possible:
•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 9:00 am and will be updated at noon or sooner if conditions warrant. This watch may be upgraded to a Flash-Flood Warning at short notice.

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