Present conditions across the Winward Islands

The Dominica Meteorological Office has issued a flash flood watch for the next 24 hours.

A flash flood watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flood in flood-prone areas where grounds are already saturated from recent rains. A flash flood is a sudden, violent flood after a heavy rain.

According to the Met Office weather across Dominica is being affected by a trough system which will continue to maintain unstable conditions across the island during the next 24 hours. “Southwesterly winds in the upper levels will continue to transport a significant amount of moisture across the area resulting in an abundance of mid to high level clouds. Cloudy periods with scattered showers and possible isolated thunderstorms can be expected across the island during the next 12 to 24 hours,” the office said on its website.

The Met Office said, “The general public should continue to be vigilant and exercise caution since soils are already saturated and any additional showers increases the risk of flash flooding and landslides. Hikers should be vigilant and exercise caution.”

Last week heavy rainfall lashed Dominica causing widespread flooding and landslides across the island. Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore described the damage as ‘severe’ and said clean up could cost up to $1.3-million.