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Flash flood watch in effect for VI

Duff's Bottom previously flooded by heavy rainfall. Provided
A flash flood watch has been issued for the Virgin Islands today, Wednesday November 8, 2017. Photo: VINO
A flash flood watch has been issued for the Virgin Islands today, Wednesday November 8, 2017. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorologist Service announced today, Wednesday November 8, 2017, the the virgin Islands is under a flash flood watch.

According to the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), a flash flood watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding in flood-prone areas, usually when grounds are already saturated from recent rains, or when upcoming rains will have the potential to cause a flash flood.

Weather conditions are expected to be mostly cloudy with showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms.

The Virgin Islands is experiencing rainy weather conditions due to a deep layer trough that is west of Hispaniola. Possible rainfall total for the forecast period is 25 to 50 mm (1 to 2 inches).

Residents are urged to drive carefully and pay close attention to the roads, hillsides and falling rocks.

"With the soils in the Territory already saturated, additional rainfall can cause ponding on roads, extreme hillside water run-off, increased mudslides and falling rocks," according to DDM.

There will be a 50 percent chance of rainfall tonight.

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