Adverse Weather Alert Issued For Trinidad As Tropical Wave 60 Nears The Country

Key Messages:
— Tropical Wave 60 is nearing Trinidad and Tobago, as forecast, with strong wind shear keeping much of the activity south and east of Trinidad. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to begin affecting eastern and southern Trinidad by the evening through overnight, spreading across the country into Monday. Note that higher, overall rainfall accumulations are forecast to remain south and east of the country.
— Main impacts include gusty winds in excess of 55 KM/H and street or flash flooding across both islands. Increased sustained winds across the country, particularly ahead of and during thunderstorms and heavy showers are also possible. These gusty winds may cause scattered areas of power dips/outages, downed trees, and localized wind damage.
— 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 forecast to remain agitated.
– The alert remains effective from 11:00 AM Sunday through 11:00 AM Monday for Trinidad and surrounding marine areas. Adverse Weather is also likely to continue through Wednesday as Tropical Wave 60 and the ITCZ move across T&T.

The Adverse Weather Alert

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued an Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) on Sunday morning at 10:41 AM. This short-notice alert went into effect from 11:00 AM Sunday 24th October 2021 through 11:00 AM Monday 25th October 2021 for Trinidad and surrounding marine areas.

It is likely we see this alert expanded for Tobago and extended through Tuesday and possibly Wednesday due to the potential for additional heavy rains.

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

There is a high chance (70%) that isolated thunderstorm activity, heavy showers and accompanying gusty winds are expected to affect initially southern areas of Trinidad and then gradually spread throughout the rest of the island. Gusty winds can exceed 55KM/H at times. Street and/or flash flooding are possible in these areas. Seas can also become agitated.” 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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