Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy, Barbados (Release Date: October 20, 2023)
Location: Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
Event: According to reports from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), hurricane conditions are expected in portions of the Leeward Islands by late Friday, October 20, or early Saturday, October 21, 2023. A hurricane warning is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, and St. Kitts and Nevis. A hurricane watch is in effect for Anguilla and St. Martin. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Anguilla, Dominica, and St. Martin. Tropical storm watches are in effect for Barbados and Martinique.
Heavy rains from Hurricane Tammy will begin to affect the Leeward and northern Windward Islands later today, October 20, and into Saturday, October 21, spreading into the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as early as Sunday. This rainfall may produce isolated flash and urban flooding, along with isolated mudslides in areas of higher terrain.
A storm surge could produce coastal flooding in areas of onshore winds as the center of Tammy moves near or over the Leeward Islands. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves.
Action to Take:
- Monitor local media and the National Hurricane Center website (www.nhc.noaa.gov) for updates and the latest forecast.
- Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
- Review local and regional emergency management organizations for information on emergency preparedness, including the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
- Seek secure shelter if weather conditions deteriorate.
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