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Flash Flood Warning in effect for northern areas

April 20, 2024

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for northern districts of Barbados.

A Flash Flood Warning is issued when rapid flooding due to heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time (generally less than 6 hours) is occurring or is imminent in the warning area.

The Barbados Meteorological Services says light wind speeds, strong daytime heating and adequate moisture in the atmosphere from the trough system are affecting northern districts of the island. Mostly cloudy skies with intermittent scattered heavy to intense showers are forecast with rainfall accumulation of 40.0 mm to 75.0 mm.

Excessive rainfall this afternoon will generate flooding across low lying areas in the vicinity of northern districts of Barbados and surrounding areas. These conditions are predicted to peak this afternoon with some improvement during the late evening.

The BMS has warned of the following possible impacts:

  • Runoff from higher elevations. Soil erosion/land slippage on exposed or scarred land surfaces.
  • Water settlements on roads and fields. Adjustments to water levels of existing water bodies (ponds etc).
  • Large objects or debris from higher elevations becoming embedded within fast moving water flows. Flooding at the foot of hillsides
    and coastal roads.
  • Delays on traffic routes with some roads being impassable or cutoff in and out of minor towns.

The public is encouraged to monitor official sources for further updates.

This Flash Flood Warning will be terminated at 6:00 p.m. today or sooner if conditions warrant.

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