Torrential rains and flash flooding took many a Barbadian by surprise yesterday.
The waters caused some cars to stall, and students and other pedestrians to wade through knee-high waters, especially in The City in areas like Tudor Bridge, Fontabelle, Harmony Hall and Chapman Lane.
“Over the past 48 hours or so we watched a band of clouds associated with what was Tropical Depression Ida drifting towards the island chain, that was responsible for significantly increasing the moisture levels especially in the lower levels of the atmosphere. So that the combination of light winds and additional moisture and strong heating got the convection process going in Barbados and the island chains and as a result we had that eruption of that activity over the northern, north western, central and western portions of Barbados,” meteorologist David Best said in his weather forecast.
He also urged residents to be on their guard as that pattern is expected to continue for the next few days.
“The winds continue to be light and we are still seeing a fair amount of moisture in the lower levels of the atmosphere so that activity could be replicated today.
“So we are urging residents in low-lying areas and flood-prone areas, and we are also urging motorists to exercise some measure of caution as that pattern is expected to unfold again,” Best advised.