MEDIA RELEASE | NATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT AGENCY (NaDMA)
Sunday 31st July, 2022.
ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA – Forecasters at the Meteorological Office at the Maurice Bishop International Airport spoke of the events which occurred on Saturday night into Sunday morning, when the cloudiness associated with a Tropical Wave developed unexpectedly to bring Category 1 hurricane force winds to the State of Grenada and other Caribbean countries.
Forecaster Fimbar Frank explaining the events which unfolded indicated that rapid cloud development to the immediate east of Grenada in association with a Tropical Wave led to Sunday morning weather.
Frank said the mass of clouds (convection) continued to develop as it moved overhead. Between 2 am– 6am, the Met office recorded a peak wind gust of 80.6 mph; gust which qualifies conditions of a category 1 hurricane.
Within that time period, a gust of 63.3 mph was recorded at Grantley Adams Airport, Barbados.
The weather expert explained that the unfamiliar weather events which unfolded were extremely difficult to predict and as a result no advisories were issued before.
The forecast for tonight; partly cloudy with occasional light to moderate showers and a low chance of thunderstorms. Improvements are expected after midnight.
NaDMA reminds the general public that while we are in the festive season, we are in the Hurricane season and the message of preparedness is key.
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Cover photo credit MTV Grenada – Fallen FLOW communications tower.