An active tropical wave with a surge in low-level winds has moved across Trinidad and Tobago as forecast. Heavy showers and thunderstorms with wind gusts in excess of 55 KM/H are possible, following yesterday’s damaging wind gusts, triggering an Adverse Weather Alert.
The Adverse Weather Alert
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has updated the Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) on Friday morning at 10:04 AM. The alert now expires at 4:20 PM Friday 9th July 2021 but only for Trinidad. Most of the adverse weather has passed T&T at this time.
Trinidad and Tobago is not under any tropical storm watch or warning at this time.
“There is a high chance (70%) of heavy showers and thunderstorms over Trinidad with a medium chance (65%) of associated wind gusts in excess of 45 km/hr in the vicinity of heavy showers and thunderstorms over Trinidad. Street flooding is likely in heavy downpours. Localized ponding and smaller watercourses can become filled and overflow. Seas can become agitated at times, near gusty winds. Improvement is expected later this afternoon.” 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 45 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.