Feeder bands associated with Hurricane Elsa are forecast to affect Trinidad and Tobago from after midnight tonight and continue through Saturday morning. Peak inclement weather is forecast after midnight Thursday through Friday morning, and again Friday afternoon into early Saturday morning.
The Adverse Weather Alert
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has updated the Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) on Friday morning at 9:16 PM. The alert will now go into effect from 2:00 PM Friday 2nd July 2021 through 12:00 PM Saturday 3rd July 2021.
Trinidad and Tobago is not under any tropical storm watch or warning at this time.
“Periods of intermittent moderate/heavy rain and showers are now expected from later today (Friday 2nd July 2021) with an 80% (high) chance of thunderstorm activity associated with feeder band and peripheral activity from TC Elsa. Gusty winds in excess of 65 km/hr may be experienced especially in the vicinity of downpours, and localized flooding continues to be highly likely. Seas can become agitated at times, due to the strong winds. Environmental conditions continue to be rapidly evolving in response to TC Elsa, although the system is not expected to directly impact Trinidad and Tobago.” 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 likely.
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 likely, but the severity of impacts is moderate for this particular alert. You should be aware of the hazards in your area associated with gusty winds in excess of 65 KM/H, street and flash flooding as well as landslides.
For a moderate Adverse Weather Alert, there is the potential for possible injuries, where behavioral changes are required to ensure safety. There may be minor damage to property, with income-earning temporarily disrupted and a couple of communities are affected
The Met Office is advising the public to monitor weather conditions and updates from official sources.