Adverse Weather Alert In Effect For T&T From 6 PM Due To Gusty Winds

Key Messages:
— A surface to low-level trough is moving across Trinidad and Tobago, with a favorable atmospheric environment and a surge of winds following. However, strong wind shear is keeping much of the activity brief and mainly east of Trinidad and Tobago. Showers and thunderstorms are still forecast to affect the country through Wednesday. 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 up to 50 KM/H, with winds in excess of 55 KM/H possible, 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 unlikely. Seas are forecast to remain agitated
– The alert remains effective from 6:00 PM Tuesday through 2:00 PM Wednesday for Trinidad and Tobago.

The Adverse Weather Alert

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued the Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) on Tuesday afternoon at 2:43 PM. This alert went into effect from 6:00 PM Tuesday 30th November 2021 through 2:00 PM Wednesday 1st December 2021 for Trinidad and Tobago.

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 (70%) chance of brisk isolated heavy showers/thunderstorms with accompanying gusty winds in excess of 55km/hr. These wind gusts will be brief but are capable of breaking tree branches, displacing unsecured roofs and loose outdoor objects, and can even topple over unhealthy trees. Street flooding is also likely in heavy downpours and seas can become additionally agitated in strong winds.” 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 outdoors and livestock. Small craft operators should be on the alert for above normal or choppy sea conditions in strong winds. The public should monitor weather conditions and updates from official sources.

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