– Though the TTMS alert goes into effect at 2:00 AM, showers and thunderstorms associated with Tropical Storm Grace‘s feeder bands are already affecting the country.
– Main impacts include locally heavy rainfall that may trigger localized street/flash flooding, gusty winds in excess of 45 KM/H causing wind damage, frequent lightning that could become dangerous and with light winds, funnel cloud, waterspout, and possible tornado activity. Landslides are also possible along Northern Trinidad.
– Alert is in effect from 2:00 AM Sunday through 6:00 PM Sunday for T&T.
The Adverse Weather Alert
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued the Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 PM. This alert will go into effect from 2:00 AM Sunday 15th August 2021 through 6:00 PM Sunday 15th August 2021 for Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad and Tobago is not under any tropical storm watch or warning at this time.
“Periods of rain and/or showers are expected from early morning (15th). There is a high (70%) chance that some of the rainfall activity may become heavy and thundery with the threat of gusty winds. Street/flash flooding and localized ponding are likely in heavy downpours. There is the likelihood of landslides/landslips in areas so prone. Seas can become agitated at times in sheltered areas.” 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.