Adverse Weather Alert Issued For T&T As Gusty Winds To Sweep Across Country

Key Messages:
— Tropical Wave 58 is expected overnight and into tomorrow accompanied by the leading edge of a band of relatively strong low-level winds, as forecast.
— Main impacts include damaging, gusty winds in excess of 55 KM/H and increased sustained winds across the country, particularly ahead of and during thunderstorms and heavy showers. These damaging gusty winds may cause scattered areas of power dips/outages, downed trees, and swaths of wind damage.
— Periods of heavy rainfall may trigger street or flash flooding across both islands through the weekend. Frequent lightning may accompany thunderstorms. Landslides are possible across the Northern Range and Tobago. Funnel clouds and waterspouts are unlikely. Seas are expected to be agitated.
– The alert is in effect from 11:00 PM Wednesday through 6:00 PM Saturday for Trinidad, Tobago, and surrounding marine areas. Note that impacts have been downgraded from Severe to Moderate. Adverse Weather is also likely to continue through Sunday and Monday as Tropical Wave 59 moves across T&T.

The Adverse Weather Alert

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued an Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) on Wednesday afternoon at 2:39 PM. This alert will go into effect from 11:00 PM Wednesday 20th October 2021 through 6:00 PM Saturday 23rd 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.

Adverse Weather Alert information from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service
Adverse Weather Alert information from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service
Adverse Weather Alert information from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service

A tropical wave is expected overnight and into tomorrow accompanied by the leading edge of a band of relatively strong low-level winds. There is a high potential (80%) for gusty winds in excess of 55km/hr to accompany intermittent, brisk showers and isolated thunderstorms. Street flooding is likely in heavy downpours. 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 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 secure loose items and livestock, taking all necessary precautions.

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