Adverse Weather Alert Level Lowered To Yellow

Key Messages:
— An Adverse Weather Alert Yellow Level is in effect from 3:00 AM Friday through 4:00 PM Friday 5th June 2020 for both Trinidad and Tobago. Note that overall heavier showers and thunderstorms are still forecast to remain to the east.
Overall rainfall accumulations have increased for the next 24 hour period. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to begin overnight tonight and continue through Saturday afternoon. Generally, overall totals (beginning midnight Friday) through Sunday morning are forecast to record 20-35 millimeters, up to 100 millimeters in isolated thunderstorms or heavy/violent downpours. These higher totals are possible across Eastern and Southern halves of Trinidad, as well as Eastern Tobago. There is an elevated threat of street flooding, lesser so flash flooding.
— Seas will remain moderate, up to 2.0 meters in open waters but occasionally rough or choppy during thunderstorms or heavy/violent showers.
— Gusty winds in excess of 60 KM/H possible, particularly on Friday. Winds of this strength will produce wind damage including downed trees, utility poles, and roof damage. Localized power outages possible.
Landslides possible in elevated areas, but due to the lack of persisting heavy rainfall, this threat is low.

The Adverse Weather Alert

As we’ve been monitoring, Tropical Wave 05 moved across the region on Friday 5th June 2020, bringing periods of rain, showers, and isolated thunderstorms. Weather conditions are gradually improving, but there is still a moderate to high chance of thunderstorms and heavy showers. Because of this, the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has downgraded the Adverse Weather Alert from Orange Level to Yellow Level at 12:25 PM Friday.

The alert began at 3:00 AM Friday 5th June 2020 and continues through 4:00 PM Friday 5th June 2020.

Trinidad and Tobago is NOT under any tropical storm watch or warning AT THIS TIME.

Based on the latest model guidance and analysis, severe weather is forecast to continue through Friday, settling by the evening, with isolated showers and light rain possible through the night. However, isolated thunderstorms are possible again on Saturday and Sunday, during the late morning through the afternoon.

Information from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service concerning the Adverse Weather Alert for June 5th 2020

Weather conditions are gradually improving with the passage of the Tropical Wave. There is still a 60% chance of heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms associated with the passage. Street flooding is likely in heavy downpours and gusty winds in excess of 60 km/hr can accompany showers and 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 very 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 possible to be aware of the impacts of Street/Flash Flooding and Gusty Winds in your area. Areas prone to landslides should also be aware of the hazard and impacts.

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