Flood warning extended as Hurricane Maria passes to the north of Barbados


The Barbados Meteorological Services has extended the flood warning until midday today.

In its 5 a.m. bulletin, the forecasters noted that shower activity is expected to be more frequent as the center of Hurricane Maria shifts to the north and northwest of Barbados.

Total rainfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are likely and residents have been urged to remain alert and take all necessary precautions.

Over the past 12 hours, the island recorded between two to three inches of rainfall.

The Met Office has also advised that the island will continue to experience winds of 29 to 35 miles per hour throughout the day and these conditions will persist into tonight.

In addition, large easterly swells of at least 4 to 6m (13 to 20 feet) are also forecast to accompany the system. Therefore, a high-surf advisory and small-craft warning remains in effect until midday Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

At 5 a.m., the center of Hurricane Maria was located near 14.6 degrees north, 59.5 degrees west or about 100 miles north of Barbados.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 90 miles per hour (150 km) with higher gusts.

Significant strengthening is expected during the next forty-eight hours. The system is moving west northwestward near 13 miles per hour

On this present track, the center is currently passing to the north of Barbados.


17 Responses to Flood warning extended as Hurricane Maria passes to the north of Barbados

  1. Activist Arising September 18, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Why is the country opened… The supermarkets and such gotta make money right????

  2. Pat Wilson
    Pat Wilson September 18, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Thinking about of you all over there in Barbados lv Patricia

  3. Lucky De Boss
    Lucky De Boss September 18, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Hope we good saw few trees down and certain roads in the st john area flood

  4. Nikolai Gibson
    Nikolai Gibson September 18, 2017 at 8:24 am

    And you believe the Dem saying business as usual and UWI open?

  5. BobotheCLown September 18, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Stay safe all.

  6. Beewhisp September 18, 2017 at 8:59 am

    She gave us a nighttime slap in StLucia

  7. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn September 18, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Everything is confusing.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 18, 2017 at 9:37 am

      No proper information about anything it’s all willy Nilly steupes nothing about closures until this morning??? These jack asses all should be fired. With knowing this weather coming all sorts of bulletins should have gone out yesterday using all social media!!! Disgraceful disorganized plus power outages trees down floods they really in a deep F sleep! Just to note Maria not due in Peurto Rico until Wednesday yet they announced yesterday things closing by noon today so what does that tell you?? They are organized and care!

  8. Nikolai Gibson
    Nikolai Gibson September 18, 2017 at 9:43 am

    You ever seen a headless island? Barbados is running around the Caribbean sea like a headless island, because it has no leadership.

  9. Angela September 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Didn’t you guys listen to the weather forecast last night stupessss

  10. Constantly realistic September 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    You sll too partisan. Thete was no need to close down the island

  11. Mark & Joanne September 23, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Hope everyone is ok in Barbados and see you next year

    The Snape Family


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