Saint Lucia Weather Update: Meteorological Dept issues a flood alter from Thursday to Friday
Saint Lucia Weather Update: Meteorological Dept issues a flood alter from Thursday to Friday

Saint Lucia: A strong tropical wave located a few hundred miles east-southeast of Saint Lucia is moving slowly westward near 11 mph /18 km/h.

Environmental conditions do not appear conducive to additional development. The tropical wave is part of a broad area of low pressure and is expected to affect Saint Lucia from late tonight into Saturday.

The Saint Lucia Meteorological Services is therefore issuing a flood alert for Saint Lucia from 2:00 am Thursday morning until 4:00 pm Friday afternoon.

Associated with this strong tropical wave are moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms. Rainfall estimates of 75 to 100 mm (3 — 4 inches) with higher amounts in mountainous areas can be expected over the Windward Islands. Residents in areas prone to flooding and landslides are asked to be extremely cautious due to soils being close to or at saturation point.

All residents of Saint Lucia are asked to pay attention to further announcements from the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services and NEMO.

Deputy Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Ernest Hilaire also shared a forecast for the upcoming 24 hours. The Meteorological Department of Saint Lucia has warned of a flood alert until 4:00 pm on Friday. Therefore residents, as well as motorists in areas prone to flooding and landslides, are asked to be extremely vigilant.

Winds will be blowing from between the east-northeast and east-southeast near 14 mph or 22 km/h, with gusts near showers.

Weather: Cloudy with periods of rain at times, moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms.

FORECAST FOR THE LESSER ANTILLES

Cloudy to with little rain, moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms over the southern Leeward Islands and areas further south. At times, partly cloudy may become cloudy with a few scattered showers.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

A slow-moving tropical wave, along with a broad trough of low pressure, is expected to produce cloudy to overcast skies, heavy showers and thunderstorms over the Windward and southern Leeward islands during the forecast period. The system may have a low chance of tropical cyclone development.

Another tropical wave located over the central Tropical Atlantic is moving westward near 17 mph or 28 km/h.

A third tropical wave located over the far eastern Tropical Atlantic is moving westward near 12 mph or 19 km/h. The wave has a low chance of tropical cyclone development during the next five days.