St. Kitts & Nevis under “Flash Flood Watch” on Christmas Eve

This has forced the organizing committee to cancel and postpone activities scheduled on the calendar.

The latest event affected by rain was the International Night that was to feature a number of local and overseas artistes.

Now, with residents still completing their shopping on Christmas Eve ahead of Christmas Day tomorrow (Wednesday), more rain is in the forecast for the islands as the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service has issued a flash flood watch for low lying and flood prone areas of Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands valid from 4pm today, until 8 pm, Wednesday, 25th, December 2013.

 This means that there is a chance of heavy rainfall on Christmas Day affecting the celebrations of thousands of Kittitian and Nevisian families.

 The Met office cautioned that the flood watch will likely be upgraded to a flood warning later today or tonight.

 

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to moderate to major flooding in low lying and flood prone areas.

Flash flood in a very dangerous situation, said the Met office. They advise that residents should monitor later forecasts and move quickly to higher ground if flash flooding is observed or imminent or if a flash flood warning is issued.

They are also stating that just one foot of flowing water is enough to sweep vehicles off the road. When encountering flooded roads, be extremely cautious, and if in doubt, make the smart choice, turn around don’t drown. Move to higher ground, said the Met official.

The unfavourable weather conditions are being caused by a persistent trough over the northeast Caribbean which is influencing the weather over the Leeward and British Virgin Islands, causing periodic heavy showers. Already, up to 2 inches of rain have fallen in some places in the last 12-18 hours and another 3 or more inches are possible in the next 12-24 hours.

The meteorological service will continue to monitor the situation. And residents have been advised stay in touch with media reports for later statements and possible warnings.


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