FLASH FLOOD WATCH STATEMENT

WHCA31 TAPA
BULLETIN
FLASH FLOOD WATCH
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES
7:00 PM ECT MON, SEP 18, 2017

THE LEEWARD ISLANDS AND BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS OF ANTIGUA, BARBUDA, MONTSERRAT, ST. KITTS, NEVIS, ANGUILLA AND THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS VALID FROM 8 P.M. TONIGHT UNTIL 12 MIDDAY ON TUESDAY FOR ANTIGUA, BARBUDA, AND ANGUILLA, UNTIL 2 PM TUESDAY FOR MONTSERRAT, ST. KITTS, NEVIS AND UNTIL 6 PM FOR THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT MODERATE TO MAJOR FLOODING IS POSSIBLE BUT NOT IMMINENT IN THE WATCH AREA. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

RESIDENTS IN LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS SHOULD MAKE PREPARATIONS FOR FLOODING TO SAFE GUARD LIFE AND PROPERTY. THEY SHOULD BE PREPARED TO MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IF FLOODING RAINS DEVELOP OR A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED.

MAJOR CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE MARIA WILL CAUSE HEAVY AND INTENSE SHOWERS ACROSS THE LEEWARD AND BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. RAINFALL ESTIMATES OF 6 TO 8 INCHES WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF UP TO 20 INCHES POSSIBLE. HENCE, MODERATE TO MAJOR FLOODING OF LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS ARE POSSIBLE.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF MARIA AS IT MOVES ACROSS THE ISLANDS.

PLEASE STAY TUNED TO LOCAL RADIO OR TELEVISION FOR WATCH UPDATES AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

FORECASTER

LETITIA HUMPHREYS