In a release, issued on Tuesday morning, the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services, issued Flash Flood warning for the low lying and flood prone areas of St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, Montserrat, Anguilla, and the British Virgin Islands.
They said the warning is valid until 2:00pm Tuesday, 31st July, 2012.
A flash flood warning means that moderate to major flooding is imminent or occurring in low lying and flood prone areas.
As the active tropical wave crosses the Eastern Caribbean, significant showers and thunderstorms are embedded which could result in rapid build up of water on the ground, explained the officials.
THE ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS OF ANTIGUA, BARBUDA, MONTSERRAT, ST. KITTS, NEVIS, ANGUILLA AND THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS VALID UNTIL 2 P.M. THIS AFTERNOON.
They are therefore cautioning residents in these islands to safeguard themselves against such possibilities, they have also indicated that they are continuing to monitor the situation and will issue further statements where necessary.
The weather forecast for Tuesday is showing winds: ESE at 14 – 21mph with lighter spells overnight.
Seas: Moderate with swells reaching 1.5 – 1.8m or 5 – 6ft. Small craft operators and sea bathers should continue to exercise caution.
For St. Kitts and Nevis, today (Tuesday) will see cloudy skies with scattered showers during the morning and early afternoon hours, becoming partly cloudy thereafter with only brief isolated showers. Tonight we will experience partly cloudy skies with a few brief passing showers.
Eastern Caribbean Forecast: The presence of a tropical wave will continue to cause cloudy skies with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms across Puerto Rico, B.V.I. and to a lesser extent, the Leeward Islands. This wave will begin affecting portions of Hispaniola later today. Elsewhere, skies will be generally partly cloudy with brief passing showers.