Guadeloupe rose from the water this Saturday. At 4 a.m. (10 a.m. on the mainland of France) the island, which went on a red alert for heavy rain and thunderstorms, was inundated overnight on a “probably record” level, according to the Prefecture. The latter suggests “avoiding all travel” on the most affected axes by flooding.
Météo France noted on its website that “the most significant rainfall in the cities of Les Abymes, Pointe-it-Pitre and Le Gosier” was to reclassify the island with an orange alert early in the morning. “Peace is now emerging,” Météo France said in the early hours of the morning.
Many places, including the center of Pointe–Pitre, are heavily submerged, but also around the tourist town of Gosier. “In 24 hours, we notice 312.4 mm on Raizet (Abymes), which is higher than the accumulation of 237.9 mm of popular episodes we recorded on May 7, 2012,” Météo France notes on its Facebook page.
Yet in Les Abymes, in another area of Chazeau, the meteorological system recorded 214.4 mm of rainfall. 200 mm of rain fell in 24 hours as Hurricane Lenny passed on November 19, 1999, indicating that Météo France had “increased”.
In Gosier, “Leroux station is the most recent of such comparisons, but it goes without saying that 312.7 mm is the exception”, again Météo France points out, in the town of Petit-Canal in the north of the island, which falls to 243.3 mm in 24 hours: 16 September. We are not far from the record of 256.5 mm falling in 1989 “. That day, Hurricane Hugo devastated Guadeloupe.
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