7TH June 2011 – The Antigua Meteorological has extended the Flash Flood Warning for the British Virgin Islands until 6pm tonight.
Cloudiness and showers associated with a persistent trough system will dominate conditions across the British Virgin Islands today. Meanwhile a tropical wave is approaching the area.
Skies today will be cloudy with scattered showers. Some of the showers could be moderate to heavy at times and accompanied by isolated thunderstorms. Tonight skies will become cloudy to overcast with more showers and thunderstorms.
The Terrance B Lettsome International Airport recorded 2.4 inches of rain from 9am yesterday until 8:30am this morning. Data from other weather stations throughout the Territory are currently being analyzed.
A Flash Flood Warning means that moderate to major flooding is imminent or occurring in low lying and flood prone areas. If you are in the warning area move to higher ground immediately. Residents living in these areas should take immediate precautions to protect life and property. Do not attempt to cross swiftly flowing waters or waters of unknown depth by foot or by automobile.
Persons in low lying areas should be ready for quick action if flooding is observed.
Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the Road. When encountering flooded roads make the smart choice, turn around, don’t drown.
The DDM will continue to monitor the weather conditions and advise the public accordingly. Visit the DDM’s website at www.bviddm.com and subscribe to receive updates.