Adverse Weather Alert Remains In Effect For Trinidad.

Key Messages:
– Heavy showers and thunderstorms are already affecting parts of Trinidad and are forecast to continue through this afternoon due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone and the passage of Tropical Wave 34
– Over the last 12 hours, upwards of 3 inches (75 millimeters) of rainfall has accumulated across parts of Trinidad.
– Main impacts include locally heavy rainfall that may trigger street or flash flooding, and possible riverine flooding, mainly across the South Oropouche, North Oropouche, and Ortoire River Basins. Localized gusty winds in excess of 55 KM/H and lightning may accompany thunderstorms and heavy to violent showers causing power dips/outages, downed trees, and localized wind damage. In elevated areas, there is also the potential for landslides. With light southerly winds and the potential for strong thunderstormsfunnel clouds, and waterspouts are possible.
– Alert is in effect from 9:55 AM Wednesday through 6:00 PM Wednesday for Trinidad.

The Adverse Weather Alert

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has updated the Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) on Wednesday morning. This alert went into effect from 11:27 AM Tuesday 17th August 2021 and remains in effect 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.

A very active Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), is producing widespread showers and thunderstorm activity with associated downpours and gusty winds across Trinidad. Street flooding and localized flooding will continue. Landslides and landslips are possible in areas so prone. Smaller watercourses are near threshold capacity but major rivers continue to be contained at this time.” according to the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service. This “alert” status takes into account the possibility of the event occurring. This adverse weather event has been observed.

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 55 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.

Image Credit: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service
Image Credit: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service
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