Barbados Under Multiple Red Level Warnings As Severe Thunderstorm Affect Island

As Tropical Wave 09 nears the Lesser Antilles, a severe thunderstorm producing upwards of 400 lightning strikes per minute is moving across Barbados. Wind gusts up to 85 KM/H have been recorded at the Grantley Adams International Airport and torrential rainfall is ongoing.

Severe thunderstorm approaching Barbados early Thursday morning (Weathernerds.org)
Severe thunderstorm approaching Barbados early Thursday morning (Weathernerds.org)

Barbados, as of 1:30 AM Thursday 17th June 2021, is under a Red-Level Severe Thunderstorm Warning, Flash Flood Warning, and a High Wind Warning from the Barbados Meteorological Service (BMS).

Flash Flood Warning

The Flash Flood Warning went into effect from 12:30 AM for the entire island and will be updated at 6:00 AM for the island, or sooner if conditions warrant.

According to the BMS, a flash flood warning is issued when rapid flooding due to heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time (generally less than 6 hours) is occurring or is imminent in the warning area.

The BMS is advising of a tropical wave is affecting the island (Barbados) and is expected to generate moderate to heavy showers with maximum rainfall accumulations of 25.0 to 75.0 mm.

What to expect: Residents and visitors should note that the following impacts are imminent during this forecast period. Significant runoff from higher elevations. Significant soil erosion is likely on exposed or scarred land surfaces. Large water settlements on roads and fields. Significant adjustments to water levels of existing water bodies (ponds etc.). Significant delays on traffic routes with some roads possibly impassable. Large objects or debris from higher elevations may also become embedded within fast moving water flows. Significant flooding at the foot of hillsides and coastal roads is possible.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

The Severe Thunderstorm Warning went into effect for Barbados as 1:00 AM and for the entire island and will be updated at 6:00 AM for the island, or sooner if conditions warrant.

According to the BMS, a severe thunderstorm warning is issued when significant lightning activity is expected in a short period of time (generally less than 6 hours) or is already occurring within the warning area.

The warning was issued as Tropical Wave 09, that is affecting the island, has severe lightning activity associated with widespread thunderstorms.

What to expect: Imminent or already occurring lightning activity at or near your location. Increased likelihood of power outages if lightning strikes power utility infrastructure. Danger to life due to significant lightning activity.

High Wind Warning

The High Wind Warning went into effect for Barbados as 1:00 AM and for the entire island and will be updated at 6:00 AM for the island, or sooner if conditions warrant.

According to the BMS, a High Wind Warning is issued when sustained winds of 30 to 40 knots and higher gusts are affecting the island.

What to expect: Imminent tumbling and rolling of unsecured objects (e.g. inflatable structures, tents and garbage cans). Some injuries and dangers to life are possible from flying debris. Imminent delays or closures to transport routes. Multiple interruptions to power utilities and services are expected.

For the latest information, follow Barbados Meteorological Service for information specific to the island.

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