An active tropical wave with a surge in low-level winds is approaching Trinidad and Tobago as forecast. Heavy showers and thunderstorms with wind gusts in excess of 55 KM/H are likely, triggering an Adverse Weather Alert.
The Adverse Weather Alert
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued the Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) on Thursday afternoon at 2:15 PM. This short-notice alert is now in effect from 2:20 PM Thursday 8th July 2021 through 4:00 PM Friday 9th July 2021. The Alert has been updated to include Tobago.
Trinidad and Tobago is not under any tropical storm watch or warning at this time.
“There is a high chance (80%) of wind gusts in excess of 55 km/hr in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms associated with the passage of a Tropical Wave. Street flooding is also likely in heavy downpours.” 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 secure loose items and livestock, take necessary precautions and monitor weather conditions and updates from official sources.