As forecast, showers and thunderstorms are expected to affect T&T on Saturday due to an overall favorable atmosphere and the passage of a low-level trough. Due to a surge in winds and the potential for high rainfall accumulations, severe impacts are possible.
The Adverse Weather Alert
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued an Adverse Weather Alert Yellow Level on Friday afternoon at 1:12 PM. The alert will go effect at 5:00 AM Saturday 8th May 2021 and will remain in effect through 6:00 PM Saturday 8th May 2021.
Additional shower and thunderstorm activity is forecast overnight Saturday into Sunday, though peak inclement weather is forecast during the alert period.
Trinidad and Tobago is not under any tropical storm watch or warning at this time.
“There is 70% chance of heavy showers, isolated thunderstorms, and associated gusty winds (on Saturday 8th May 2021), associated with the passage of a low-level trough. Street and localized flooding in low lying areas, landslips and damaging winds gusting in excess of 75km/hr can accompany heavy showers and thunderstorms.” according to the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service. This “alert” status takes into account the possibility of the event occurring. This adverse weather event is possible.
The color of the alert indicates the severity of the event and the probability of the event occurring. Currently, the alert level is at Yellow. This means that the hazard is possible but for this particular alert, the severity of impacts is severe. You should be aware of the hazards in your area associated with gusty winds greater than tropical-storm-force strength, street, and flash flooding as well as landslides.
For a severe Adverse Weather Alert, there is the potential for a loss of a single life or serious injuries. Physical defenses such as sandbags are needed and there may be major losses in confined areas. Income earning may be impossible for several days with several communities affected, needing external help.
The Met Office is advising the public to secure loose items and livestock, taking all necessary precautions.