Barbadians are being warned to brace for adverse weather conditions from Sunday night.
A short while ago, the Barbados Meteorological Services served notice of a strong tropical wave, which was located about 1200 miles east of the Windward islands at 8 a.m. today.
Met officials say some slow development is possible over the next few days as it tracks westward to west-northwestward at about 15 miles per hour.
However, moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain, scattered thunderstorms and occasional gusty winds are likely to spread across the island, starting late Sunday into Monday.
“Rainfall accumulations of at least six to eight inches (150-200mm) are possible with the passage of the system,” met officials said.
However, due to the already saturated nature of the soils they said a flood warning may be required at short notice.
“Marine conditions are also expected to deteriorate by Sunday afternoon with sea-swells expected to range between four and six metres. As a consequence a high-surf advisory and small-craft warning will be in effect from 6 p.m. Saturday,” the severe weather bulletin said.
It also warned that “large waves and dangerous rip-currents can be expected which will create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators”.
Sea bathers and other users of the sea are therefore advised to stay out of the water during that time.
“This activity may become even more adverse at times of high tide,” the bulletin added.
Forecasters are also keeping an eye on Tropical Depression #14, which is expected to track west-northwestward to northwestward into the central Atlantic well away from Barbados and the eastern Caribbean.