St. Kitts & Nevis under Flash Flood Watch

According to an advisory from the Meteorological Services at the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport, the island of St. Kitts was placed on a Flash Flood Watch on Sunday, due to the heavy rainfall that was experienced late Saturday night, continuing into Sunday.

The Met office cautioned citizens that the Flash Flood Watch will remain in place until 4:00pm Sunday but they indicated that this condition could be upgraded from a Watch to a Warning, anytime during the period of today.ghat2

The ghauts in the town of Cayon and others in various rural villages were reported to be “running” heavily for most of Sunday morning, causing a slight disruption to traffic and the passage of pedestrians trying to go about their normal Sunday activities.

This caused slight delays in some church services in some parts of the island and also caused authorities to warn motorists about the need to carefully calculate the risks of trying to pass through the floods of water witnessed in the ghuats.

Though the island, like most of the Caribbean has seen the worst of the 2011 hurricane period, officials have reminded residents in St. Kitts that the season is not yet officially over.ghat1

The hurricane season ends on 30th November.

St. Kitts and Nevis was again this year spared of any serious threat from hurricanes this year, after having a devastating 1990s when the islands recorded severe damages to the coastline, housing, agriculture, utilities, and public buildings; and with a few deaths being registered.

St. Kitts & Nevis Under Flash Flood Watch

Acting on the advice of the Antigua and Barbuda Met Office, authorities in Basseterre have issued a Flash Flood Watch for low lying and flood prone areas of St Kitts and Nevis, from 8:00am to 2:00pm today. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that could lead to moderate to major flooding in low lying and flood prone areas.

However, they have also stated that this advisory could be upgraded, if conditions change, from a Flash Flood Watch, to A Flash Flood Warning.

Small craft operators in St. Kitts & Nevis are also being encouraged to pay particular attention to developments on the seas, due to the current conditions that are producing waves of 1.2 to 1.5 m, or 4-5 feet, in the waters, especially west of the islands.

According to the Met Office here in St. Kitts, the Weather Forecast for St. Kitts & Nevis, today and tonight, will be cloudy to overcast with widespread showers. Conditions could get squally at times meaning heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds could occur.

The winds are said to be ENE – ESE at 12 – 18kt and gusting in showers at times.

The amount of rainfall for the month of July so far has been 2.32” or 59.1mm.

Eastern Caribbean Forecast:

Meanwhile, the Eastern Caribbean Forecast will see an active tropical wave continuing to bring cloudy to overcast skies with showers and thunderstorms across most of the Eastern Caribbean today and tonight.

Squally conditions, meaning heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds are quite possible across the Islands particularly later this morning and afternoon across the Leeward Islands. Therefore a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for low lying and flood prone areas across the Leewards Islands from 8am-2pm today. It is quite possible that the flood watch could at any time be upgraded to a warning.

Meanwhile, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico will be partly cloudy to cloudy today and tonight with scattered showers and the possibility isolated thunderstorms.

 

 

 

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