St. Kitts & Nevis under Flash Flood Watch- Schools Close

Heavy downpours, accompanied by thunder storms and lighting were experienced for most of Sunday night, with scattered showers continuing into Monday. Skies remained cloudy for most of Monday and according to officials at the country’s Meteorological Services, conditions had so developed that it became necessary to caution residents of the possibility of localized flash flooding, especially in low lying areas.

The potential for flooding was directly related to the heavy showers over the last 72 hours.

As a precautionary measure the Ministry of Education cancelled all afternoon sessions for schools throughout the country. Thousands of students from both private and government schools and at the primary and secondary levels were sent home just after the luncheon interval.

School officials indicated that this action was necessary, to allow the children the early opportunity to reach their homes ahead of any possible flooding. They said this was an important safety measure for students, staff and faculty.

Some outbreaks of thunderstorms were also likely mainly during the first half of the day.

Meanwhile the Eastern Caribbean Forecast showed that clouds associated with tropical storm Maria, with maximum sustained winds up to 60 mph, dominated weather conditions once again over the Leeward and Virgin Islands and the eastern half of Puerto Rico early Monday and into the night.

Sky conditions over these areas were cloudy to overcast with showers. Some of the showers were heavy and prolonged at times, especially in outbreaks of thunderstorms.

Weather officials were concerned that these showers would lead to flash floods over low lying areas.

Conditions over Hispaniola were partly cloudy with scattered showers and the chance of isolated afternoon thunderstorms. Skies over the Windward Islands, Barbados and Trinidad were partly cloudy with scattered showers.

Conditions will become increasingly cloudy tonight as clouds associated with a tropical wave moves into the area.

 Winds were forecasted to be, southeast at 10 -14kts with some lighter spells later on in the evening.

The Caribbean Sea experienced slight to moderate swells of 3 – 4ft or 1 – 1.2m, while the Atlantic side of the island had swells up to 6ft or 1.8m.

The clouds associated with Tropical Storm Maria, with maximum sustained winds up to 60 mph, will dominate weather conditions once again over the Leeward and Virgin Islands and the eastern half of Puerto Rico on Monday. 

Sky conditions over these areas will be cloudy to overcast with showers. Some of the showers could be heavy and prolonged at times, especially in outbreaks of thunderstorms. These showers could lead to flash floods over low lying areas. Conditions over Hispaniola will be partly cloudy with scattered showers and the chance of isolated afternoon thunderstorms. Skies over the Windward Islands, Barbados and Trinidad will be partly cloudy with scattered showers. Conditions will become increasingly cloudy tonight as clouds associated with a tropical wave moves into the area.”

 

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