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Flash-flood watch in effect

October 10, 2022
Satellite image. (Barbados Meteorological Services)

This alert from the Barbados Meteorological Services is valid from 8:30 a.m. Monday, October, 10 and will be updated or terminated at 12:00 noon today, 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 6 hours) could result in flash flooding within the watch area. It does not mean that flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Hazard Info:
A favourable mid to upper-level environment has been enhancing convection around the island. As a result, maximum rainfall accumulations of 20.0 to 40.0 mm in moderate to heavy showers are possible throughout the morning.

Key Messages:
Residents and visitors should be prepared for the following possibilities:-
-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 becoming impassable.
-Large objects or debris from higher elevations becoming embedded within fast moving water flows. -Significant flooding at the foot of hillsides and coastal roads.

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