Forecasters on Friday issued a flash flood warning for St. Vincent and the Grenadines as heavy rains are expected over the next 48 hours.
“Partly cloudy-cloudy skies with periods of rain, inter-mixing with overcast skies, occasional strong gusty winds and moderate-heavy showers across St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) are expected to continue tonight and during the weekend,” the SVG Meteorological Services said in a bulletin Friday evening.
Significant rainfall accumulations are likely to continue across the Grenadine islands and spread to St. Vincent late Saturday.
Rainfall accumulations of 75 – 100mm (3 – 4 inches) with higher amounts across parts of SVG are possible within the next 48 hours.
In addition, fresh to strong (30-45 km/h) breeze continues across the islands and squally conditions/higher gusts are likely near showers.
Residents, motorists and mariners in wind-exposed areas should be prepared!
The bulletin said that due to the already saturated nature of soils in some communities, an alert is in effect for a low risk of flooding for SVG has been upgraded to a flash flood watch until 6 pm Sunday.
A flood watch is issued when conditions are favourable and there exists the possibility of flooding during the watch period.
The flash flood watch may be upgraded to a flash flood warning or discontinued if conditions warrant before 6 p.m. Sunday, forecasters said.
“Residents and motorists in areas prone to flooding and landslides or near rivers and streams should be prepared!”