— A fast-moving tropical wave with a surge in low-level winds has moved across T&T, with more gusty winds through the weekend, as forecast.
— Street or flash flooding is unlikely through Sunday due to the brief, but locally heavy nature of forecast rainfall. The main impacts include increased sustained winds, with wind gusts in excess of 55 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. Seas are forecast to be agitated.
– The new alert is in effect from 6:00 PM Saturday through 10:00 AM Sunday for Trinidad, Tobago, and surrounding marine areas.
The Adverse Weather Alert
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has updated an Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) on Saturday evening at 6:02 PM. This alert went into effect from 6:00 PM Saturday 2nd October 2021 through 10:00 AM Sunday 3rd October 2021 for Trinidad and Tobago and surrounding marine areas.
Trinidad and Tobago is not under any tropical storm watch or warning at this time.
“As winds in the lower levels of the atmosphere remain relatively strong, there remains a high potential (70%) for gusty winds in excess of 55km/hr in the vicinity of showers/thunderstorms. Seas can become agitated especially in the vicinity of heavy showers/thunderstorms.” 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 mainly with gusty winds in excess of 55 KM/H, lesser so for street, and flash flooding and 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 secure any loose outdoor objects, monitor weather conditions and updates from official sources.