When we get rain, it is typically an afternoon storm that builds for several hours and then dumps for about 30 minutes and passes. Last week as we got back from Spanish Wells it began raining…hard.
Our side of the island got about 5 inches of rain. The East side got up to 15 inches of rain. A hurricane typically brings 9-12 inches. People prepare for that. Not just a random Sunday evening where they get 15 inches. Needless to say there was flooding.
Monday afternoon it started to rain. We probably got 3 inches Monday night. Tuesday it REALLY started to rain. We got about 5 or 6 more inches. Today is Wednesday, schools are cancelled and it is raining steadily. We have had some passing bands that have dumped very heavy rain.
It is expected to continue through Saturday.
Here is the weather report:
...NEWS BULLETIN FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST FLOOD WARNING...
Residents throughout the archipelago should brace themselves for continued moderate to heavy rainfall throughout the day (Wednesday) and lasting through Friday night.
A broad area of moist unstable air extending southwest to northeast from the Caribbean Sea will generate heavy rainfall and thunderstorms across the entire archipelago. Conditions are favourable for flooding in low-lying areas.
Winds are expected to reach 30 miles per hour or more in embedded thunderstorms. Tornadoes are likely to be spawned from the thunderstorms.
A severe thunderstorm warning will be issued when necessary.
The Department of Meteorology is appealing to residents in flood prone areas to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents are advised not to drive, walk or play in flood waters as the depth can easily be misjudged. All efforts should be made to protect lives and property.
So that brings me to another wet topic. Hurricane Season. It officially begins on June 1. Here is the report:
Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).
These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.
Coincidentally I just purchased this from Lands End.
I’ve always wanted to channel the Gorton’s Fisherman!
I wish it would hurry up and get here! Stay dry, y’all!