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A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

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The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services issued a Flash Flood Watch for St. Vincent and the Grenadines from 4:00 pm today, Friday, 21st August, 2020, until 12:00 noon on Saturday 22nd, August, 2020.

Tropical Depression thirteen (13) was upgraded to Tropical Storm Laura at 9 am today and at 2:00 pm; the centre of “Laura” was located near 17.0N, 60.8W or 175 miles east south east of the Northern Leeward Islands. Instability associated with “Laura” could continue to generate moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorm activity across Saint Vincent and the Grenadines into tomorrow. In addition, this system will generate wind speeds between 12 – 28 mph (20 – 45km/h) with higher gusts near showers.

Some stations across St. Vincent have already recorded significant rainfall accumulations today and there is a possibility of an additional 25mm – 50mm (approximately 1-2 inches) with isolated higher amounts in mountainous areas into Saturday. Soils in some areas are saturated and some rivers remain inundated.

A Flood-Watch is issued when conditions are favourable and there exists the possibility of flooding during the watch period, however the flood watch may be upgraded to a warning if conditions warrant.

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The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) urges all residents living near rivers and streams especially persons living in areas such as Fitz-Hughes, Chateaubelair, Spring Village, Vermont, Buccament, Rose Place, Calliaqua, Belair, Dauphine, Arnos Vale, Marriaqua, Lowmans, Greggs, South Rivers, Dickson, Langley Park, Sandy Bay, Owia and Fancy to be vigilant.

Residents and motorist in low lying areas and areas prone to flooding and landslide are also asked to be vigilant and exercise caution.

Small craft operators and sea bathers are also asked to exercise caution for above normal sea swells and gusty winds as sea conditions would be moderate in open water with swells between 2.0m and 2.5m.

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) will continue to monitor and provide updates as necessary.

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