Torrential rains fell on several municipalities in Guadeloupe on Sunday, raising fears of new floods, a few weeks after storm Fiona which caused major damage on the island.
At noon (local time), Guadeloupe was "kept in orange vigilance for heavy rains and thunderstorms" by Météo-France, the prefecture said in a press release.
On the other hand, Martinique has downgraded its vigilance to yellow, because the rains have skirted the Atlantic coast of the island, without watering the municipalities too much.
Guadeloupe has been experiencing an episode of intense rain since Saturday, due to "upwellings of humid and unstable air generated jointly by a South-East flow on the Atlantic side and a South-West flow on the Caribbean side, linked to a low pressure zone. deepening south of Hipaniola,” said a report from Météo-France.
“Very heavy and torrential rains”
"Very heavy and torrential rains were recorded in six hours, especially on the Petit Bourg side with 250 mm (critical peak), 100 mm on the Goyave side and 68 mm in Baie Mahault", also notes Météo-France.
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Intensification of the rains this evening and next night with very heavy accumulations of rain in places
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Landslides, but also floods have already been noted by the authorities at several points on the island.
Traffic is "difficult" in several places, according to Route de Guadeloupe, which recalled on local channels that "the hurricane season is not over".
"Given the very worrying development of the situation in Goyave linked to the bad weather, I have decided to trigger the municipal safeguard plan (PCS)", communicated for his part Ferdy Louisy the mayor of the municipality, noting a rise flooding in areas already affected by flooding from Storm Fiona.
The PCS allows municipalities to organize the evacuation of populations located in risk areas to bring them to safety.
The island should continue to be heavily watered over the next few hours.
According to Météo-France, new rains are still expected, and “the final improvement is expected on Tuesday but it should be gradual”.
Météo-France: Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy in orange vigilance heavy rain and thunderstorms
Route du Rhum: Postponed, the start will be given on Wednesday