UPDATE: Severe weather alert for Barbados

Residents across Barbados are being urged to pay attention to their radios for regular updates as an approaching tropical wave shows signs of development.

The Barbados Meteorological Service today issued a severe weather information statement at noon stating that: “The system is showing some slow development at this time and it could become a tropical storm by the time it approaches Barbados and the southern Windwards early Monday night.”

In the statement, Acting Director of the MET Office, Sonia Nurse, also warned that this situation may require the issuing of a tropical storm watch or warning for Barbados at late notice.

Nurse also cautioned residents to expect winds between 40 to 50 knots (45 to 55 mph) with higher gusts on the northern periphery of the system as it moves across the region.

She further advised that sea conditions were likely to deteriorate, with large easterly swells of five to six metres (16 to 20 feet) being forecast to accompany the system.

As a precaution, a high-surf advisory and small craft warning will be in effect from 6 a.m. tomorrow, Monday, June 19.

“Regardless of development, deteriorating conditions with pockets of moderate to heavy showers, and thunderstorms occasional gusty winds, are expected spread across Barbados by tomorrow night. Rainfall accumulations of two to four inches (50 to 100 millimetres) are possible,” Nurse said.

However, residents were asked to note that due to the already saturated nature of the soils, some flash flooding was likely in low-lying areas.

Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, is also urging residents to pay close attention to the system and listen to their radios for regular updates from the MET Office and the DEM, or its Facebook Page.

While urging residents to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions, Hinds also advised them to report any incidents of flooding or any related damage to the DEM by calling 438-7575, or to their local District Emergency Organisation.

Information on this system will be updated at 6 p.m. or sooner if warranted.

15 Responses to UPDATE: Severe weather alert for Barbados

  1. Kathleen O
    Kathleen O'Connor Bush June 18, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Be safe Sarah Pomeranz Layne

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  2. Monetta Bailey
    Monetta Bailey June 18, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Damon Bailey-Lynch

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    • Damon Bailey-Lynch
      Damon Bailey-Lynch June 18, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks. Went and got my snacks n rum punch today. I’m all ready 🙂

      Reply
  3. Carlson Pascal
    Carlson Pascal June 18, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Supermarket Sweep!

    Reply
  4. Zabeeda Alli Abdool
    Zabeeda Alli Abdool June 18, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    School tomorrow

    Reply
  5. Zen Ramsay
    Zen Ramsay June 18, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks Bets.

    Reply
  6. Sabrina June 18, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    So will there be school tomorroiw

    Reply
  7. Whitney Millar
    Whitney Millar June 18, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Rayshill Thorne

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  8. Davwin June 18, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    The met office Doppler radar has been down now for months. There seem to be no effort being made to repair it. With a storm in such a southerly latitude it will be very difficult to track this storm on Martinique radar. When is the government going to repair the local Doppler radar.

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  9. Mhizzeyejoyful Reece
    Mhizzeyejoyful Reece June 18, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    So no work?

    Reply
  10. Grace Fergusson
    Grace Fergusson June 18, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I will leave everything up to God.

    Reply
  11. Robbie Burton
    Robbie Burton June 19, 2017 at 8:03 am

    When the storm coming?

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  12. Helicopter(8P) June 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Doppler is decades old now so I’d bet on NOAA’s Satelite imagry and projections for the mid-Atlantic. That doppler will only clone what Miami has diseminated already.

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    • Davwin June 19, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      You are completely wrong about the Doppler radar. The radar does not depend on anything in Miami. Unlike satellite imagery, the Doppler radar gives continuous images of weather within its range. You are also completely incorrect about the age of the Doppler radar at the Met office. This radar is relatively new, one of a number donated to the English speaking Caribbean and Guyana by the European Union.

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