The northeast Caribbean is on high alert as a powerful cold front, currently affecting islands like the Caymans, may bring potentially record-breaking rainfall to the region.
The Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands are expected to be hit by flash flooding as early as today, with forecasts suggesting accumulations exceeding four inches within a 24-hour period. Workers at the Antigua and Barbuda meteorological Services are closely monitoring the situation, indicating a 10 percent chance for rainfall totals across the area.
While most models suggest more than two inches of rainfall is likely, they say, there is still uncertainty regarding the extent of the front’s development and other atmospheric conditions. This has prompted the local meteorological office in Antigua and Barbuda to issue a hydrologic outlook, a broad assessment warning residents of the potential for significantly heavy precipitation that could cause or exacerbate flooding.
Flash flooding is a significant concern due to the heavy rainfall rates and the expected duration of rain. However, at this time, it is impossible to predict the exact magnitude of the flooding. The meteorological office is expected to update the hazardous weather outlook product throughout the next 24 hours.
Residents are urged to stay informed and take necessary precautions. You can stay tuned to updates from the Meteorological Office through their official channels, including antiguamet.com, twitter.com/abmetservice, facebook.com/abmetservice, and youtube.com/@abmets. Additionally, regular updates will be provided through local media channels.
Officials are reminding everyone to stay vigilant, particularly in flood-prone areas, and to have emergency plans in place. As the situation unfolds, the safety of residents remains the top priority. https://www.facebook.com/reel/666802815439354
The cold front has already caused school and road shutdowns in the Caymans. Schools were ordered closed Tuesday morning as weather conditions deteriorated and some roads were impassable due to high pressure behind a cold front.
According to reports, the western side of Grand Cayman was battered by heavy waves and gale-force winds that damaged roads, docks and piers.
Social media videos showed waves breaching the coastal road along George Town Harbour and water coursing along the main thoroughfare. Debris from damaged fences and chunks of tarmac floated in the street, the Cayman compass said. Over on Cayman Brac there were reports of flooding and severe damage to coastline businesses.