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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.