The Caribbean islands are on high alert as meteorological services issue warnings of severe weather conditions threatening the region.
From flash flood watches to high surf warnings, residents and authorities are gearing up to face the challenges posed by the incoming weather systems.
The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services have extended a flash flood watch for Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands low-lying areas until 8 am on Thursday.
Additionally, a flash flood watch is set to go into effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, and St Kitts and Nevis from 8 pm on Wednesday to 8 pm on Thursday.
The Met Services emphasize that while moderate to major flooding is possible in these areas, it is not imminent. However, residents are urged to make necessary preparations to safeguard life and property.
The frontal trough over the British Virgin Islands is causing heavy showers, with up to 4 inches of rain already falling in some areas within the last 24 hours.
Another 1 to 4 inches of rainfall is expected by Thursday at 8 pm, heightening the risk of moderate to significant flooding in low-lying and flood-prone areas.
In the US Virgin Islands, the National Weather Service warns residents of ongoing rainfall, raising concerns about flooding and mudslides due to saturated ground.
Marine conditions remain hazardous, especially in the Atlantic waters and Anegada Passage, with boaters advised to secure their vessels and exercise caution.
Meanwhile, the Turks and Caicos Islands National Weather Service issues a high surf warning for all islands until 8 am on Friday.
Gale-force winds and high seas spreading across the northern tropical Atlantic pose a significant threat to coastal areas, with life-threatening surfs and rip currents expected.
Residents are urged to take precautionary measures to protect life, livelihood, property, and infrastructure.
In St Maarten, the Meteorological Service alerts residents of a flood watch in effect until Thursday at 6 pm.
Abundant moisture and instability associated with a frontal boundary are forecast to bring scattered showers, gusty winds, and thunderstorms, with accumulations of 2 to 4 inches of rainfall expected over the next 24 to 48 hours.
As the region braces for the impact of severe weather, authorities emphasize the importance of staying informed and prepared.
Residents in flood-prone areas are urged to take necessary precautions, including moving to higher ground if flash flood warnings are issued.
With hazardous conditions expected to persist, vigilance and readiness are paramount to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents across the Caribbean islands.
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