Signs that residents of Christ Church took the storm warning seriously were evident in the battened windows and doors of homes across the district.
However, there were those who were willing to challenge Mother Nature by taking advantage of the sea conditions to take on the waves.
Roads were deserted as motorists heeded warnings to seek shelter from Tropical Storm Matthew, which provided timely reminders of its presence with strong gusts and squalls of driving rain that began around noon.
The system, which was forecasted earlier as a depression, was later upgraded to a storm, prompting disaster management officials here to declare a tropical storm warning.
With the centre of the storm having gone past Barbados, it was its tail end that was affecting the island, and Barbados TODAY saw no major impact on Christ Church.
This notwithstanding, signs of its passage included a downed temporary retaining fence at the Esso Rendezvous service station, which is under renovation and garbage cans strew across roads in the parish.
There were also reports of power outages in Maxwell; however Barbados Light and Power personnel were quickly on the scene working to rectify the problem.
Even with the island still under a tropical storm warning, a number of thrill seeking windsurfers were spotted at Welches Beach, taking advantage of high winds and choppy seas.
One surfer told Barbados TODAY he did not consider their activities to be dangerous, as these were the ideal conditions for their sport.
“Rough conditions are the best for this type of thing [wind surfing]. If you check down Bathsheba and other beaches you would see people doing the same thing. We know what we are doing,” the confident surfer, who requested anonymity, told Barbados TODAY.
Meantime, the Grantley Adams International Airport was a virtual ghost town, with cones, signs and deserted kiosks keeping each other company. (CM)
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