The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service has downgraded the flash flood warning issued this morning to a flash flood watch. The Flash Flood watch is in place for tonight and tomorrow morning
Pulses of moisture are forming in the Caribbean and moving northeast across the area. At this time most of the rain has been limited to the ocean areas around the Virgin Islands. Models are
still bringing in better moisture tonight however the magnitude of this rain is no longer expected to result in widespread flash flooding over the entire area. Although some potential for flooding still exists some time during the next 24 hours amounts are not expected to
exceed 2 to 4 inches in the next 24 hours with a small chance of isolated areas receiving higher amounts.
The probability of mudslides is greater since soils remain soggy and prone to slippage.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions are favorable for heavy rain across the watch area which may lead to flooding. If you are in the watch area check your preparedness requirements
Keep informed and be ready for quick action if flooding is observed or if a Flash Flood Warning is issued.
People in the watch area should avoid driving through low lying areas covered with water and mountain roads with steep cliffs on one side during and just after heavy rains. Heavy rain can cause mudslides and poor visibility in areas of steep terrain.
The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the situation. For added information please call the Department of Disaster Management or monitor the DDM’s website at www.bviddm.com and subscribe to the DDM’s notification link to receive updates.