Adverse Weather Alert Still In Effect As Gusty Winds Continue To Affect T&T

Key Messages:
— Relatively strong low-level winds continue to affect Trinidad and Tobago, as forecast, particularly in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms.
— 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.
— Less likely at this time are periods of heavy rainfall triggering street or flash flooding across both islands. Rainfall chances are forecast to increase by Monday. Frequent lightning may accompany thunderstorms. Landslides are possible across the Northern Range and Tobago. Funnel clouds and waterspouts are unlikely. Seas are agitated.
– The alert remains effective from 11:00 PM Wednesday through 6:00 PM Saturday for Trinidad, Tobago, and surrounding marine areas. Adverse Weather is also likely from Monday as Tropical Wave 60 and the ITCZ move across T&T.

The Adverse Weather Alert

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has updated the Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) on Friday afternoon at 2:24 PM. This alert went 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
Adverse Weather Alert information from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service

The winds in the low levels of the atmosphere have decreased slightly but remain relatively strong. As a result, there is still a high (70%) potential for winds to gusts in excess of 55km/hr, especially in the vicinity of showers/thunderstorms. As confirmed by official reports over the last 24-48 hours, these winds gusts are capable of hurling loose/unsecured objects, causing tree branches to fall and even trees to fall over. Seas offshore as well as along exposed coastlines of both islands, will experience above-normal conditions.” 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, but lesser so 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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