Flash Flood watch in effect as Tropical Storm Bret nears SVG
June 22, 2023
Flash Flood watch in effect as Tropical Storm Bret nears SVG

A flash flood watch has been issued by the St Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services from 12 pm June 22 until further notice.

Outer bands of Tropical Storm Bret will begin to affect SVG today with showers, periods of rain,
isolated thunderstorms and strong gusty winds. Rainfall accumulations of three to six inches (75 to
150mm) with isolated higher amounts are likely across the islands.

Residents and motorists in areas prone to flooding and landslides or near rivers and streams should be prepared.

The Met Office has also advised that a  Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for SVG.  A Tropical Storm Watch is issued when sustained winds of 39 – 73 mph (63 – 118kmh) associated with a tropical storm is possible, in this case within the next 24 hours.

At 11 am, the center of the Tropical Storm Bret was located near latitude 13.8° North; longitude
57.7° West, or approximately 230 miles (370 kilometers) east of the SVG.

The system is moving towards the west at 14 mph (23 km/h) with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. The center of Bret and its strongest winds are expected to pass well north of SVG tonight June 22, 2023. However, strong winds gusting possibly to storm force are likely during this period.

A small-Craft and High Surf Advisory is in effect from 12 noon 22 June, 2023

Marine conditions will deteriorate today with moderate to rough sea swells of 2.5m to 3.5m (8 ft
to 11ft). As a result, a small craft and high surf advisory is in effect from 12 noon today June
22nd 2023 until further notice. Consequently, only vessels capable of withstanding these
swells should venture out.

Small craft should remain in port. Sea-bathers are also advised to stay out of the water.