As forecast, showers and thunderstorms are affecting 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, moderate impacts have been observed.
The Adverse Weather Alert
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has updated the Adverse Weather Alert Yellow Level on Saturday afternoon at 1:20 PM. The alert remains in effect from 5:00 AM Saturday 8th May 2021 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 still a high chance (70%) of heavy showers, isolated thunderstorms, and gusty winds, associated with the passage of the low-level trough. Street and localized flooding in low lying areas, landslips, and gusts in excess of 50km/h 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 observed.
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 has been reduced to moderate. You should be aware of the hazards in your area associated with gusty winds up to and in excess of 50 KM/H, street, and flash flooding as well as landslides.
For a moderate Adverse Weather Alert, there is the potential for possible injuries with behavioral changes required to ensure safety. There may be minor damage to property, with income-earning temporarily disrupted. A couple of communities are affcted.
The Met Office is advising the public to continue to monitor weather conditions and updates from official sources.