Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Severe thunderstorm watch, flash-flood warning in effect

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A severe thunderstorm watch and a flash-flood warning are in effect until 6 p.m.

The alert was issued at 4 p.m. today for the thunderstorm watch.

A severe thunderstorm watch is issued when there is significant lightning activity in a short period within the watch area. It does not mean that severe thunderstorms will occur, but are possible.

Severe lightning activity associated with widespread thunderstorms is expected. The Met Office said there is increased likelihood of power outages if lightning strikes power utility infrastructure.

In relation to a flash-flood warning, this is issued when rapid flooding due to heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period (generally less than six hours) is occurring or is imminent in the warning area.

Maximum rainfall accumulations of 25.0 to 100.0 mm in heavy to violent showers are occurring this evening as a tropical wave continues to affect the island.

Residents and visitors should note that the following are likely:

Significant runoff from higher elevations.

Significant soil erosion on exposed or scarred land surfaces.

Large water settlements on roads and fields.

Significant adjustments to water levels of existing water bodies (ponds and so on).

Significant traffic delays 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. For more information, please visit: https://www.barbadosweather.org/weatherBarResp.php or the social media pages of Barbados Meteorological Services. (PR)

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