Live Updates – Adverse Weather Across Trinidad

Tropical Wave 66 has moved across T&T, with a shearline and strong low-level winds affecting the Windwards. Heavy rainfall may trigger street or flash flooding. Gusty winds up to and in excess of 55 KM/H possible, causing localized wind damages, downed trees, utility poles, and lines, as well as brief power outages. Live updates for this inclement weather event has ended.

Over 3 Inches of Rain Fell Across Parts of Trinidad

10:00 AM Monday 23rd November 2020

As forecast, generally below or near 1 inch (25 millimeters) of rainfall fell across most areas of T&T over the weekend. Higher totals between 1 to 3 inches (25 to 75 millimeters) favored eastern and southern areas of Trinidad.



Flooding Continues in Navet, Tabaquite and Penal

9:00 AM Monday 23rd November 2020

Flooding is still ongoing across Tabaquite, in the vicinity of Navet as rivers remain at elevated levels in the area, particularly as both spillways of the Navet Reservoir are in use.

In Penal, at Ramdharry Trace, Clarke Road, flooding is also ongoing as water slowly subsides. The Caroni River is also at elevated levels but remains within its banks.



Navet Reservoir Spillway In Use For The First Time For 2020

For the first time for 2020 Wet Season, water levels at the lower Navet Reservoir became high enough that the spillway was utilized. This comes after 36 hours of persistent rainfall. Updated capacity numbers from WASA will be released this week.

The Navet Reservoir is the second-largest reservoir in Trinidad and Tobago, with a capacity of 19,100,00 m3 or just over 4.2 billion gallons of water covering an area of 800 acres.

Three streams have been dammed to form the Navet Reservoir. These streams flow from the nearby hillsides at Mt. Tamana, Brasso Piedra, and Chataigne (the latter so named after the chataigne trees that grow in abundance on its slope). The reservoir stretches out in several directions, to the foot of the distant hills. It forms an intricate pattern of inlets and coves, some as much as six kilometers (four miles) long



Flooding Across Caparo

3:00 PM Sunday 22nd November 2020

Following persistent heavy rainfall across Central Trinidad, associated with adverse weather conditions, parts of Caparo remain flooded this afternoon.

Several motorists are reporting water crossing the roadway in typical flood-prone spots on the Arena Road, Todd’s Station Road and the Caparo Valley Brasso Road.



Adverse Weather Alert Discontinued for Trinidad

2:27 PM Sunday 22nd November 2020

According to the TTMS, “There has been gradual improvement in weather conditions. Rainfall has ceased in most areas. Cloudiness may persist but the atmosphere is becoming increasingly stable and more settled.



Flooding ongoing in Mamoral, Central Trinidad



Cloudy Skies Continue Across T&T, Showers Remain To Trinidad’s Southeast (For Now)

12:40 PM Sunday 22nd November 2020

The persistent rains have held up, for now, across Trinidad, with mostly cloudy to overcast skies across the island while across Tobago, increasingly cloudy skies are occurring.

Additional showers have developed south and east of Trinidad, slowly drifting toward the island. Through the afternoon, heavy rainfall (and most additional rainfall activity) is forecast to favor southeastern Trinidad, with isolated showers possible further north and west.

Any additional rainfall will exacerbate the ongoing flooding situation across Central Trinidad and potentially trigger street and flash floods across southeastern areas of the island. The Caroni River and its tributaries remain within its banks as of midday Sunday.

GOES-16 IR Imagery showing scattered showers across Trinidad, with deep convection generally remaining offshore. (Weathernerds.org)
GOES-16 IR Imagery showing scattered showers across Trinidad, with deep convection generally remaining offshore. (Weathernerds.org)


Flooding Ongoing Across Interior Central Trinidad

Floods reported at Todd’s Road, Caparo and Brasso



Cunapo River At Elevated Levels


Flooding ongoing in Caparo, Central Trinidad



Minor Flooding on Mosquito Creek


Fallen Tree on the Manzanilla-Mayaro Road



Caroni River At 80% Capacity

8:30 AM Sunday 22nd November 2020

The Caroni River is now at 80% capacity, with the red lines in the below graph indicating the capacity in which the river overtops. The river, as of 8:12 AM, is within its banks. However, with additional rainfall possible in the Caroni River catchment area, minor flooding is possible in low-lying areas near tributaries and the river itself. Those living near the Caroni River should be on alert.

Caroni River levels at El Carmen as of 8:12 AM Sunday 22nd November 2020 (ODPM/Water Resources Agency)
Caroni River levels at El Carmen as of 8:12 AM Sunday 22nd November 2020 (ODPM/Water Resources Agency)

Caroni River at Elevated Levels

8:00 AM Sunday 22nd November 2020

Over the last 24 hours, due to persisting rainfall across the upper Caroni River basin, levels of the river at El Carmen has steadily risen. With additional rainfall forecast through today, the Caroni River is worth monitoring, though it remains within its banks at this time.

Caroni River levels at El Carmen (ODPM/Water Resources Agency)
Caroni River levels at El Carmen (ODPM/Water Resources Agency)


Heavy Showers, Thunderstorms Favoring SE Trinidad

7:45 AM Sunday 22nd November 2020

As forecast, scattered showers have developed across Trinidad, predominantly affecting the southern and eastern halves of the island. Isolated thunderstorms are possible, which may bring gusty winds up to and in excess of 55 KM/H as well as street/flash flooding.

Scattered light to heavy rainfall has been affecting the island over the last 12 hours, with higher rainfall accumulations favoring southern and eastern Trinidad. Over the last 6 hours, widespread totals less than one inch (25 mm) have been recorded across Trinidad.

Through today, cloudy skies are forecast to be interrupted by periods of light to moderate rain and isolated heavy showers or thunderstorms, favoring southern and eastern Trinidad. Across Tobago, partly cloudy skies with mostly settled conditions.

GOES-16 IR Imagery showing scattered showers across Trinidad, with deep convection generally remaining offshore. (Weathernerds.org)
GOES-16 IR Imagery showing scattered showers across Trinidad, with deep convection generally remaining offshore. (Weathernerds.org)


Adverse Weather Alert Issued For Southern & Central Trinidad

7:20 AM Sunday 22nd November 2020

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued an Adverse Weather Alert Yellow Level on Sunday morning at 7:21 AM, which went into effect at 7:00 AM Sunday 22nd November 2020, and will remain in effect through 6:00 PM Sunday 22nd November 2020. This is in line with our forecast, as a high-pressure ridge becomes dominant tonight, bringing mostly settled conditions with brisk showers into Monday.



Prolonged Period of Rainfall Hours Away

6:30 PM Saturday 21st November 2020

A large cluster of slow-moving showers and possible thunderstorms are approaching Trinidad, with heavier activity likely to affect Eastern and Southern Trinidad. Showers are forecast to begin impacting parts of Trinidad over the next 2 hours, with the larger cluster of more prolonged rainfall expected by midnight.

Street and flash flooding are likely across Eastern areas of Trinidad through the night. With additional rainfall forecast on Sunday, the flood threat also expands to waterlogged areas of Southern and Central Trinidad.

Doppler Radar Imagery showing a cluster of showers approaching Trinidad as of 6:10 PM. (Barbados Meteorological Service)
Doppler Radar Imagery showing a cluster of showers approaching Trinidad as of 6:10 PM. (Barbados Meteorological Service)


Flooding Ongoing on Dil Mohammed Road, Penal Rock Road

6:00 PM Saturday 21st November 2020


Additional Shower, Thunderstorm Activity Possible Over Next 36 Hours

3:45 PM Saturday 21st November 2020

After a day of brisk, heavy rainfall and gusty winds, conditions have somewhat settled across T&T on Saturday afternoon. However, gusty winds accompanying showers and possible thunderstorms are forecast to return, mainly across Trinidad later this evening and through Sunday. Rainfall will interrupt partly to mostly cloudy skies through the next 36 hours.

Higher rainfall totals are forecast to favor southern and eastern areas as forecast, with brief heavy to violent rainfall falling across the western half of Trinidad, as well as Tobago. Gusty winds up to and in excess of 55 KM/H and street flooding are possible.

Showers are approaching T&T as Tropical Wave 66 moves westward and a shearline remains in place across the Windwards.
Showers are approaching T&T as Tropical Wave 66 moves westward and a shearline remains in place across the Windwards.


Flooding ongoing on the Todd’s Station Road, Talparo

1:55 PM Saturday 21st November 2020

Between 20 to 35 millimeters of rainfall has fallen across Central Trinidad, producing flooding on the Todd’s Station Road, Talparo. Motorists are advised not to travel through floodwaters.

Flooding on Todd's Station Road, Talparo
Flooding on Todd’s Station Road, Talparo
Flooding on Todd's Station Road, Talparo
Flooding on Todd’s Station Road, Talparo


Flooding ongoing on the Caroni Arena Road, Las Lomas

1:40 PM Saturday 21st November 2020

Flooding in Las Lomas
Flooding in Las Lomas

Following heavy showers across Central Trinidad, street flooding is ongoing in Las Lomas on the Caroni Arena Road in the vicinity of Flirts Bar.

Flooding in Las Lomas
Flooding in Las Lomas
Flooding in Las Lomas
Flooding in Las Lomas


Flooding ongoing at Grant Trace Junction, Siparia

1:10 PM Saturday 21st November 2020

Flooding in ongoing on the Dow Village stretch of the Southern Main Road, as well as Grant Trace Junction following heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Wave 66.

Flooding on Grant Trace Junction.
Flooding on Grant Trace Junction.


Flooding Ongoing on the Southern Main Road At S.M. Jaleel

Travel is not advised for smaller vehicles


Flooding Ongoing on the Penal Rock Road



Flooding ongoing on Mosquito Creek

Travel is not advised for smaller vehicles



Showers, Isolated Thunderstorms Affecting T&T

12:30 PM Saturday 21st November 2020

Periodic showers have affected T&T over the last 12 hours. Between one inch to 1.5 inches (25-37.5 mm) have fallen across Tobago, Eastern and Southern Trinidad, with less than one inch (25 mm) elsewhere. Gusty winds, in excess of 60 KM/H have been recorded across Tobago.

The axis of Tropical Wave 66 is now west of T&T.

Through the afternoon, isolated thunderstorms are possible, in addition to brisk showers across both islands. Heavier activity will favor Trinidad, with street flooding and gusty winds possible.


Heavy Rainfall Possible Through The Weekend

Wind Shear To Keep Higher Rainfall Totals Across East, South Trinidad



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