Bracing for rains

Barbadians are being urged to remain vigilant as a tropical wave passes through the area.

That advice from Director of Meteorological Service Hampden Lovell following today’s downgrade of Tropical Depression Number 2.

“As we were anticipating, the system was downgraded to a tropical wave. Overnight the system was struggling to survive as it moved to an area of very dry air, along with a lot of level shear, that inhibited any development. That was the prediction from early times, that this system would not really develop as it got closer to the islands.”

However, the met official maintained that while the country would not be affected by storm conditions, tropical wave activity would be experienced tonight into tomorrow.

“There is some cloud associated with the system still and for us here in the Lesser Antilles, Barbados included, more so the northern islands, we should still get some pockets of moderate showers out of this system, accompanied by some thunderstorms and probably some gusty winds.

“We had earlier talked about moderate to heavy showers and we have lessened that activity because the system has petered out somewhat. So although we anticipate some showers, it will not be as drastic as we had anticipated before,” he said.

He expects the system, “will make its merry way through the area and go out of here by Friday”.

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