Showers and thunderstorms are affecting T&T as forecast, with additional rainfall forecast through tomorrow. Heavy showers and thunderstorms with wind gusts in excess of 45 KM/H triggered the Adverse Weather Alert for this afternoon.
The Adverse Weather Alert
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued the Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) on Wednesday morning at 11:34 AM. This short-notice alert is now in effect from 11:45 AM Wednesday 28th July 2021 through 4:00 PM Wednesday 28th July 2021 for various parts of Trinidad and Tobago, favoring the western half and northern areas of Trinidad.
Trinidad and Tobago is not under any tropical storm watch or warning at this time.
“High chance (70%) of thunderstorm activity is expected to affect various parts of Trinidad and lesser extent, Tobago. Gusty winds, street and/or flash flooding are possible in those areas affected.” 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 monitor weather conditions and updates from official sources.