Minor flooding as frontal trough dumped over 4 inches of rain on Antigua

Gully caused by heavy rains in Antigua


Neighboring country Antigua and Barbuda has been experiencing inclement weather for the past 24 hours.

However, according to the latest reports from the Met Office, these conditions are expected to improve today.

The frontal trough that caused the unsettled weather over the past 36 hours is moving out of the area, resulting in gradual improvements in the weather conditions.

The heavy rainfall brought by the system has been mainly concentrated in the southern and central areas of Antigua, whereas Barbuda recorded less than an inch of rain.

The Met Office has reported that the frontal trough will move eastwards, causing a reduction in moisture, leading to an improvement in weather conditions over these islands by today.

The forecast for today (Friday) is mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of brief showers in the morning, which will become sunnier in the afternoon.

The flash flood watch that was issued on Wednesday was discontinued at midday on Thursday, as there were no reports of flooding despite heavy rainfall in some areas.

The region is usually impacted by these weather systems at this time of the year. However, the current system has been different.

According to Lennox Josiah, a forecaster at the Met Office, there have been “enhancements” that led to the issuing of the flash flood watch on Wednesday.

The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) has not received any reports of flooding in any area, nor were there any weather-related activities to report.

Some shelters were opened as a precautionary measure, but no one took up the offer to go to, or stay in these shelters.


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