The Flood Watch for Barbados has now been upgraded to a Flood Warning.
A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is occurring or is imminent within the warning area.
A tropical wave interacting with an upper-level diffluent pattern is presently affecting the island and is generating continuous light to moderate rain and pockets of heavy showers. These features are expected to generate rainfall accumulation of up to 1 to 2 inches during the afternoon and into tonight. Over the past 24 hours, 2 to 3 inches of rainfall across some sections of the island has resulted in largesettlements of water over fields and some roads. Due to the already saturated nature of the soil, any additional rainfall is likely to cause flooding.
In addition to this, occasional gusty winds may cause an odd tree to fall. Residents and visitors should note the possibility of large water settlements on roads which could result in delays on traffic routes with some roads becoming impassable. Large objects or debris from higher elevations may also become embedded within fast moving water flows. Additionally, possible soil erosion on exposed or scarred land surfaces is likely.
The Barbados Meteorological Services also said, The central Atlantic high pressure system will continue to generate moderate to brisk surface winds of 20 to 25 knots (37 to 47 km/h) over the marine area into next week. This will maintain moderate to rough sea conditions primarily on the northern, eastern and southern coastal and marine area, thus the Small Craft Warning and High Surf Advisory remains in effect.
A Small Craft Warning is issued when sustained winds of 25 to 33 knots and/or sea swells greater than 3 metres (greater than 10 feet)
and/or reduced visibility (less than 5 km) are affecting or forecast to affect the marine area within the next 36 hours.