The Ministry of Education late Wednesday night urged that students north of the Rabacca Bridge and those who travel from or within the Grenadines to stay at home on Thursday.
The advice comes as inclement weather associated with the strong tropical wave continues to affect the country.
“… parents and guardians are advised that students who travel to school from north of the Rabacca Bridge and between the islands should remain at home,” the ministry said in a statement.
“This refers to students traveling from a Grenadine island to mainland St. Vincent or a Grenadine island to another Grenadine island.”
The ministry noted that a flash flood watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines until 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Earlier on Wednesday, the SVG Meteorological Services said pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of light rain, gusty winds and isolated thunderstorms are anticipated as a strong tropical wave continues to affect the country.
“So far, rainfall in excess of an inch has already been recorded at various stations across the mainland and models suggest that an additional accumulation of approximately 2-3 inches with isolated higher amounts in mountainous areas are possible within the next 24 hours,” the National Emergency Management Organisation said.
A flood watch is issued when conditions are favourable and there exists the possibility of flooding during the watch period. This flash-flood watch may be upgraded to a warning if it becomes necessary.