The Saint Lucia Met Office is concerned that overzealous reports about the weather are giving people the wrong impression.
Meteorological Officer Andre Joyeux explained that at times persons become ‘overzealous’ and report on a simple issue but sensationalise it by giving it more significance than it actually has.
Joyeux told St Lucia Times that in Saint Lucia a wave is a normal occurrence.
But he noted that persons would make it sound like a heavy rainfall event.
“There are waves that give you significant rainfall, but sometimes it’s not a good idea to twist the words of the Met Office. It gives people false impressions,” Joyeux stated.
He recalled that he heard a report indicating that there would have been rainfall for the entire weekend.
“I did say we had one tropical wave on Friday and one on Sunday – that doesn’t mean that the entire weekend would have had rain,” Joyeux declared.
“I think it’s best if persons are not sure of what is going to happen, call the Met Office and verify the report because any interview that I give is in sync with what is being said by the Saint Lucia Meteorological Service,” he told St Lucia Times.
The Met Office official noted that there was some flooding in the Bexon area as a result of recent rainfall and urged citizens against indiscriminate dumping of garbage.
He recalled that the tropical wave on Friday brought thunder but very little rain, whereas the wave on Sunday resulted in ‘significant rainfall’ mainly in the South of the Island.
“We had 43.9 millimetres of rain recorded at Hewanorra International Airport and I would expect that over the interior of the Island – Dennery to Soufriere, we would have gotten a lot more rainfall because some of the rivers were flooded,” the Met Official stated.
“I know there was some flooding in the Bexon area but I think that was due to blocked culverts,” Joyeux observed.
He said there’s need for persons to not dump garbage indiscriminately since such a practice can block waterways.
“We all have to play our part in terms of reducing floods and landslides,” the Met Office official told St Lucia Times.