Flash-Flood Watch is in effect 4:00pm 21st August 2020

A FLASH-FLOOD WATCH is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Issued: 4:00 pm Friday, 21st August, 2020

 

A Flood-Watch is issued when conditions are favourable and there exists the possibility of flooding during the watch period.

 

Tropical Depression thirteen (13) was upgraded to Tropical Storm Laura at 9 am this morning and at 2:00 pm, the centre of “Laura” was located near 17.0N, 60.8W or 175 miles east south east of the Northern Leeward Islands. Instability associated with “Laura” could continue to generate moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorm activity across Saint Vincent and the Grenadines into tomorrow. In addition, this system will generate wind speeds between 12 - 28 mph (20 - 45km/h) with higher gusts near showers.

Some stations across St.Vincent have already recorded significant rainfall accumulations today and there is a possibility of an additional 25mm - 50mm (approximately 1-2 inches) with isolated higher amounts in mountainous areas into Saturday.  

Soils in some areas are saturated and some rivers remain inundated. As a result, a Flash-Flood Watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines from 4:00 p.m today, August 21st 2020 until 12:00 Noon Saturday 22nd, 2020.

Residents and motorists in areas prone to flooding and landslides or near rivers and streams should exercise caution.

In addition, sea conditions would be moderate in open water with swells between 2.0m and 2.5m. Small craft operators and sea bathers should exercise caution for above normal sea swells and gusty winds. 

This flood watch may be upgraded to a warning if conditions warrant.