Severe Flash Flooding Hits Northern Barbados Due to Tropical Wave 62

Severe flash and street flooding is ongoing across parts of Northern Barbados as heavy showers and thunderstorms associated with Tropical Wave 62 and an upper-level trough move across the islands.

At approximately 7:00 AM, showers and thunderstorms began across Barbados, with the Barbados Meteorological Service issuing a flash flood watch for the island at 9:00 AM.

This watch was quickly upgraded to a flash flood warning as heavy showers and thunderstorms persisted across the island, with reports of impassable roads on the rise. This flash flood warning is in effect until 5:00 PM today for Barbados.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are affecting islands north of the Grenadines, producing heavy rainfall, frequent lightning, and very gusty winds. Winds at Grantley Adams International Airport peaked at 48 KM/H sustained with gusts to 72 KM/H. Winds are also on the rise at Vigie, St. Lucia with winds of 28 KM/H, gusting to 50 KM/H for the last 4 hours.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms ongoing across Barbados, with much of the activity being affected by strong westerly wind shear. Image: Weathernerds.org
Heavy showers and thunderstorms ongoing across Barbados, with much of the activity being affected by strong westerly wind shear. Image: Weathernerds.org

Rainfall totals between 2 and 4 inches (50 to 100 millimeters) have been observed across Barbados, triggering flash flooding and rendering roads impassable across the St. Lucy area.

Heavy downpours have left sections of St Lucy flooded. Video of Chance hall, St Lucy. (By BT’s Remy Rock)

Posted by Barbados Today on Saturday, November 9, 2019
Chance Hall, St. Lucy, Barbados

The Director of the Department of Emergency Management of Barbados. Kerry Hinds, is warning residents in St Lucy to stay indoors as a tropical wave affects the island.

Flooding at Pie Corner, St Lucy. (Video submitted by BT reader, Casidy Rock)

Posted by Barbados Today on Saturday, November 9, 2019
Flooding at Pie Corner, St Lucy, Barbados

In Boscobel, St Peter, parts of a bridge broke away and it appears as though some of the parts of a road started to lift. 

Persistent heavy showers for just over two hours in the north of the island caused some flooding this morning. In Boscobel, St Peter, parts of a bridge broke away and it appears as though some of parts of a road started to lift. (Video by Davandra Babb)#meandmynation #yournewsyourtimeyourway #ilovemynation246 #nationbarbados #Nation246

Posted by The Nation Barbados on Saturday, November 9, 2019
Flooding at Pie Corner, St Lucy, Barbados

Forecast For Trinidad and Tobago

It was a mostly hot and sunny morning cross Trinidad as atmospheric conditions were not supportive of shower and thunderstorm development. However, those sunny skies allowed for the atmosphere to become unstable, with isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, slightly later than forecast, across both islands.

12:15 PM Saturday 9th November 2019 Radar Update as the ITCZ and Tropical Wave 62 moves across the region. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service
12:15 PM Saturday 9th November 2019 Radar Update as the ITCZ and Tropical Wave 62 moves across the region. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service

As we progress through the afternoon, intermittent showers and thunderstorms are forecast across both islands, with the heavier activity favoring Trinidad, bringing locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds. This activity will interrupt partly cloudy skies.

The main hazards are those gusty winds accompanying the heavier showers and thunderstorms, which may trigger street/flash flooding. Minor wind damage possible in higher gusts.

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