The Antigua and Barbuda meteorological service has issued a flash flood watch for flash-flood prone areas of Antigua and Barbuda. The flash flood threat level is moderate and there is the potential for significant impacts in the watch area. To be safe, implement you flood plan.
Timing: until midnight tonight.
Synopsis: satellite images and observations indicate that a developing low-pressure system is causing unsettled weather across the area. This is resulting in showers, with some heavy and thundery. Rainfall rates of 50 mm (2 in) per hour or more is producing minor flooding and may produce moderate or worse flash flooding.
Potential impacts: localised disruption to transportation; interruption of school hours; localised population displacement; erosion; environmental degradation; localised damage to dams, embankment, irrigation and drainage facilities; high sediments transport into reservoir; localised disruption to communication; localised contamination of potable water; localised loss of livestock; financial losses; injuries; temporary stoppage of health services and damage to infrastructure.
Precautionary/preparedness actions: a flash flood watch means that flooding is possible but not imminent in the watch area. Residents in these areas should make preparations to protect life, property and livelihood against flooding and be prepared to move to higher ground, if heavy rains develop.
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