Adverse Weather Alert In Effect For Trinidad Until 6 PM

Key Messages:
— A surface to low-level trough has moved across Trinidad and Tobago, with favorable mid- to upper-level conditions. However, strong wind shear is keeping much of the activity brief and mainly east of Trinidad. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to mainly affect Trinidad, spreading across the country through today. Note that higher, overall rainfall accumulations are forecast to remain south and east of the country., with localized high totals along western Trinidad.
— Main impacts include gusty winds in excess of 45 KM/H and street or flash flooding across Trinidad. 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.
— Frequent lightning may accompany thunderstorms. Funnel clouds and waterspouts are possible. Seas may become agitated.
– The alert remains effective from 11:00 AM Saturday through 6:00 PM Saturday for Trinidad and surrounding marine areas.

The Adverse Weather Alert

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued the Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) on Saturday morning at 9:59 AM. This alert went into effect from 11:00 AM Saturday 27th November 2021 through 6:00 PM Saturday 27th November 2021 for Trinidad 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

“A high (70%) chance of heavy showers/thunderstorms can lead to the threat of isolated flash flooding events that may cause temporary traffic disruptions. Gusty winds may be experienced in the vicinity of heavy downpours. Frequent lightning activity will accompany 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 45 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 monitor weather conditions and official updates, do not wade or drive through floodwaters, and be alert to cloud-to-ground lightning activity.

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