Localized Flood Alert Issued For Trinidad

Key Messages:
— A Localized Flood Alert (Yellow Level) is in effect from 8:00 AM today through 6:00 PM Saturday for Trinidad. Note that rivers remain within their banks at this time.
Over the last 12 hours, between one-half to 3 inches (12.5 to 75 millimeters) of rainfall has fallen across parts of Trinidad. Heavy rainfall forecast to persist through midday tomorrow, and in conjunction with high tides, additional flooding is possible, with the potential for short-lived riverine flooding (not included in the TTMS’ alert) tomorrow. Further rainfall is due to Hurricane Elsa’s feeder band activity.
An Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Leve #2l) is in effect for T&T from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service from 2:00 PM Friday through 12:00 PM Saturday.

The Localized Flood Alert

For the second time in the TTMS’ Early Warning System history, the service has issued a Localized Flood Alert (Yellow Level) for Trinidad.

As we’ve forecast, heavy rainfall is affecting the country due to now Hurricane Elsa’s feeder bands moving across the region.

Soils across mainly the southern half of the island are already saturated, and street flooding is ongoing across many areas, with flash flooding beginning.

Because of the ongoing street and flash flooding, the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued a Localized Flood Alert (Yellow Level) at 10:30 AM Monday.

The alert is in effect from 8:00 AM Friday 2nd July 2021 to 6:00 PM Saturday 3rd July 2021.

Trinidad and Tobago is NOT under any tropical storm watch or warning.

Information from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service concerning the Localized Flood Alert for 2nd November 2020.

Heavy rainfall overnight has lead to local ponding in some areas and flooding in some areas due to filled drains and smaller watercourses. Major rivers continue to be contained at this time.” according to the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service. This “alert” status takes into account the possibility of the event occurring. This localized flood event is very 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 observed to be aware of the impacts of street and flash flooding in your area.

For a moderate Localized Flood 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 carefully monitor weather conditions and river/water levels. Monitor updates from official sources and plan safety measures and do not take unnecessary risks. Avoid driving or wading through flood waters. Follow the instructions of government officials.

Image Credit: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service
Image Credit: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service
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