Federation under ‘Flash Flood Watch’ as disturbed weather approaches Leeward Islands

According to the St. Kitts Meteorological Office there is a 50% chance of it becoming a tropical cyclone (depression or storm) over the next 48 hours.

On Monday, cruise liner ‘Oasis of the Seas’, with cruise passenger capacity of 6,400, cancelled its call to St. Kitts for Wednesday, 24th August, 2016, due to the potential threat of the adverse weather conditions in the area and its route later in the week.

The Met Office officials believe the disturbed weather will impact the federation no more than a tropical disturbance, or strong tropical wave. However, it alerts of the possibility of rapid development. As a consequence, residents must pay attention to weather reports and updates.

Specifically, the Met Office information states, “The developing disturbance is expected to cause very wet weather across Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis and the rest of the Leeward islands Tuesday night through Wednesday, and the across the British Virgin Islands Wednesday through Thursday. Rainfall totals of 25 to 75 mm or 1 to 3 inches are possible. Hence, a flash flood watch is in effect for St. Kitts and Nevis and the Leeward Islands tonight and tomorrow for the British Virgin Islands. Heavy thunderstorms are also expected.”

It continued, “Seas will become hazardous with peak heights on Wednesday of around 2.7 metres of 9 feet. Hence, small craft and sea-bather warnings will go into effect by this afternoon. The weather is expected to subside by Wednesday night across the Leeward Islands and by Thursday afternoon across the British Virgin Islands. At this time, no storm-force winds are anticipated. The next forecast this evening will reflect these conditions and any update if necessary.”


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