7TH June 2011 – The Antigua Meteorological Services has downgraded the warning issued for the Virgin Islands earlier this morning to a Flash Flood Watch. This watch is now in effect until 6am tomorrow Wednesday 8th June.
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.
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.
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.