— An active and fast-moving tropical wave continues to affect T&T, following severe winds over the last 14 hours. Additional inclement weather is now forecast.
— Periods of heavy rainfall may trigger street or flash flooding across both islands over the next 24 hours. The main impacts include increased sustained winds, with wind gusts in excess of 65 KM/H possible, causing power dips/outages, downed trees, and localized wind damage. Frequent lightning may accompany thunderstorms. Landslides are possible across the Northern Range and Tobago. Funnel clouds and waterspouts are possible, though chances remain low. Seas are forecast to be agitated.
– The alert is in effect from 2:00 PM Friday through 8:00 PM Saturday for Trinidad, Tobago, and surrounding marine areas.
The Adverse Weather Alert
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has updated the Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) on Friday morning at 3:14 PM. This alert will go into effect from 2:00 AM Friday 3rd September 2021 through 8:00 PM Saturday 4th September 2021 for Trinidad and Tobago and surrounding marine areas.
Trinidad and Tobago is not under any tropical storm watch or warning at this time.
“There are ongoing heavy showers and thunderstorm activity affecting mainly parts of Trinidad and offshore marine areas of Tobago. This activity is expected to continue during the afternoon affecting both islands. While some dampening of the activity is expected during the earlier part of the night, enhanced activity is again expected towards midnight. Street/flash flooding, localized ponding, landslides/landslips and gusty winds in excess of 55 km/hr are still likely in areas of heavy showers or thunderstorms, with isolated downdrafts in excess of 65km/hr.” 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 65 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.