Flooding in Antigua.
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua--A flash flood watch was in effect for low-lying and flood-prone areas of Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands on Sunday morning, valid until 5:00pm Sunday evening. A flash flood watch means that moderate to major flooding is possible but not imminent in the watch area. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. Residents were asked to please note that this watch could be upgraded to an advisory or warning at short notice if heavy rainfall developed and persisted.
Residents in low-lying and flood-prone areas were advised to make preparations for flooding to safeguard life and property and be prepared to move to higher ground if flooding rains developed or a flash flood warning was issued.
A persistent trough in association with disturbance AL96 lingered over the Leeward and British Virgin Islands on Sunday and continued to destabilise weather conditions over these islands. Recent model guidance suggested that there was a high chance for daytime convective activity to develop over the area, which could produce significant heavy rainfall. Due to the current saturation of the surface from continuous rainfall, moderate to major flooding of low-lying and flood-prone areas is possible from any further precipitation.
Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services continued to monitor the weather situation and asked residents to please stay tuned to local radio or television for watch updates and possible warnings. ~ Antigua News Room ~