– Heavy showers and thunderstorms are already affecting parts of Trinidad and are forecast to spread across the country over the next 24-36 hours due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone and Tropical Wave 34 on Wednesday.
– Main impacts include locally heavy rainfall that will trigger street/flash flooding, gusty winds in excess of 55 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.
– Alert is in effect from 11:27 AM Tuesday through 6:00 PM Wednesday for Trinidad, mainly southern areas.
The Adverse Weather Alert
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued the Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) on Tuesday morning at 11:25 AM. This short-notice alert went into effect from 11:27 AM Tuesday 17th August 2021 through 6:00 PM Wednesday 18th August 2021 for Trinidad.
Trinidad and Tobago is not under any tropical storm watch or warning at this time.
“Due to an active Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), there is a high (70%) chance of occasional heavy showers and/or thunderstorms with the threat of gusty winds in excess of 55km/hr. Street/flash flooding and localized ponding are 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 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.