Barbados: Severe thunderstorm & flood warning

The weather report in Barbados has issued a severe thunderstorm warning when lightning activity is expected in a short span of time (generally less than 6 hours) or is already happening within the warning area.

Barbados: The weather report in Barbados has issued a severe thunderstorm warning when lightning activity is expected in a short span of time (generally less than 6 hours) or is already happening within the warning area.

Severe lightning activity connected with extensive thunderstorms from the tropical wave is moving onshore in the Barbados. 

The weather forecast has predicted that there is an increased possibility of power interruptions if lightning strikes power utility infrastructure and also predicted danger to life due to significant lightning activity on the island. 

Despite this, the flash-flood warning is also issued when rapid flooding due to heavy or extreme rainfall in a short period of time which is generally less than six hours, is occurring or is expected in the warning area.

The weather forecast has also predicted increased maximum rainfall of 25.0 to 50.0 mm in heavy to severe showers linked with the tropical wave are moving onshore.

The residents and travellers should note that the following consequences are approaching during this forecast period – 

  • A significant runoff from higher altitudes.
  • A significant soil erosion is likely on exposed or scarred land surfaces, large water settlements on roads and fields.
  • A significant adjustment to water levels of existing water bodies such as – ponds etc.
  • A significant delay on traffic routes with some roads possibly difficult.
  • Oversized objects or trash from higher elevations may also become lodged within fast-moving water flows.

It is possible that significant flooding at the foot of hillsides and coastal roads could also take place as of the weather forecast predictions. 

Both these warnings would be updated at noon today, Wednesday, June 30, by the Barbados Met Office. 

The citizens must avoid going outside their homes and take precautions. In Barbados, the months of June, July, August, September, October and November receive severely rainfall, where November is considered the wettest month.