Friday, April 19, 2024

Volcanic ash and small craft warning in effect

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A volcanic ash and small craft warning is in effect for Tuesday and will be updated at noon or sooner if conditions warrant.

Barbados Meteorological Services said the La Soufriere Volcano in St Vincent remains active and varying intensities of volcanic ash are expected to spread across Barbados.

A small-craft warning is issued when reduced visibility (less than 5 km) is affecting the marine area.

“Satellite imagery shows an ash plume travelling eastward towards Barbados in varying concentrations. Given the highly active nature of the La Soufriere Volcano, it is likely that further eruptions will occur and, depending on the intensity of the ash plume and wind direction, Barbados may continue to experience reduced visibility and further ash deposits,” a bulletin said.

The Met Office warned that ash fall will cause a significant reduction in visibility, and possible respiratory problems for people who experience difficulty in breathing.

“Persons with respiratory issues or allergies must travel with, or have close at hand, all prescribed relevant medications in case of an emergency. Marine users should stay in port, particularly if GPS is not in use on vessels. Closely monitor the forecast for critical updates. Check that livestock have enough clean food and water. May need to shelter livestock in heavy ash fall.”

Road users have been advised to drive slowly and use headlights as ash fall may reduce visibility. (PR)

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