The persistent rainy conditions across Antigua and Barbuda have caused the MET Office to issue a Flash Flood Advisory for Barbuda that is valid until midnight, Monday.
Forecaster Lorne Salmon says the advisory is in effect for minor flooding in low-lying and flood-prone areas. The advisory is also effective for St. Kitts and is valid until 8 p.m. tonight.
A flood advisory means that streams, creeks and drains may be elevated or even overflowing into the streets and the flood-prone areas; however, property damage will be minimal.
“Inconveniences can be expected, but the flooding is not expected to be immediately life threatening,” Salmon says.
However, he advises that just one foot of flowing water is enough to sweep vehicles off the road. Therefore, the forecaster warns that when encountering flooded roads, persons should be extremely cautious. If in doubt, he says, make the smart choice, turn around, and move to higher ground.
The deluge is being blamed on rain bands associated with Tropical Storm Nicole, which is influencing the weather over the Leewards and the British Virgin Islands, causing periodic heavy showers.
Already, Salmon says, more than three inches of rain have fallen in some places in the last 12 hours, while another two inches or more are likely in the next 12. This is therefore likely to cause minor flooding in vulnerable areas.
Salmon say the Met Office will continue to monitor the situation, while householders are already reporting overflowing tanks and cisterns in certain parts of the island, along with flooded roads and drains.