It was business as usual in the north of the island this morning, following heavy rains and strong winds associated with the passage of Tropical Storm Kirk overnight.
When a Barbados TODAY team visited some communities in St Peter and St Lucy, several residents were going about their usual shopping and other errands while most businesses were up and running.
Those who shared their experiences said they were spared the worst, with most of them saying they were mostly concerned about the strong winds.
Northumberland, St Lucy resident Linda Jordan, who was shopping in Speightstown, St Peter on Friday afternoon, told Barbados TODAY that when the rains started last night she was at work in Porters, St James.
She said she was very concerned because her 87-year-old grandmother was at home and the electricity was off. When she returned home, the elderly woman was “fine”, but power was not restored until about midday.
Jordan said she believed schools should not have been closed yesterday.
“The people said it would happen about nine the morning but it was nine the night, for example. So I don’t know why these people are getting mixed up with the time difference,” she said.
“But then this morning, we saw the Defence Force, Barbados Light & Power and everybody was out on the road doing their work, which is a good job.”
Jordan said she was very concerned that during storms, people were taking to social media to spread inaccurate news.
“We cannot afford that. In these times we cannot,” she said.
Meanwhile, Loftus Roach, who hails from Aston Hall, St Peter, said he wasn’t too bothered about the strong winds. However, he said he had to do periodic checks to see if water was entering his house.
Explaining that he understood forecasters sometimes got it wrong or weather systems sometimes changed quickly, Roach said he was satisfied the authorities were being proactive.
“I always give the authorities a chance. They are only working on what they see and what they are told. It is not a definite something. They might tell you 2 o’clock but it could be at 10 o’clock. You have to give them a chance,” he said.
Friendship, St Lucy resident Melford Edghill said his electricity went off when the rains started last night and was not back on until about 2 p.m. today.
The farmer said he was thankful the system was not bigger or stronger, and pointed out that his crops and animals were spared the worst.
One man from Mango Lane in Speightstown, St Peter told Barbados TODAY he was also glad Tropical Storm Kirk was not stronger.