Live Updates – Adverse Weather Affects T&T

A trough system, interacting with the ITCZ, is affecting T&T. Heavy rainfall may trigger street or flash flooding, with minor to moderate riverine flooding possible by the weekend. Gusty winds up to and in excess of 45 KM/H possible, causing localized wind damages, downed trees, utility poles, and lines, as well as brief power outages. Landslides are possible in elevated areas. There are no alerts, watches, or warnings in effect from the TTMS for T&T at this time.

Flooding, Fallen Tree in Siparia

8:20 PM Friday 27th September 2020

A large tree has fallen on the Siparia Old Road in the vicinity of the teak area between Darsan Trace and Syne’s Contracting and Industries. The roadway is completely blocked with both T&TEC and TSTT lines across the road. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

Fallen tree across the Siparia Old Road
Fallen tree across the Siparia Old Road

Flooding is also ongoing on Murray Trace between San Francique Road and the Siparia Fire Station. Avoid travelling along this route, particularly smaller vehicles.



Cloudy Skies & Isolated Showers, Thunderstorms Ongoing Across T&T

5:00 PM Friday 27th November 2020

Mostly cloudy to overcast skies are ongoing across Trinidad and Tobago with upper-level clouds from thunderstorm activity across South America streaming across our islands. Isolated thunderstorms have affected western coastal Trinidad over the last 2 hours.

As we progress through the evening into the night, variably cloudy skies are forecast, interrupted by isolated showers and possible thunderstorms. The axis of the low-level trough is east of T&T, where heavier showers and thunderstorms are concentrated.

Street/flash flooding, gusty winds and lightning likely in heavier showers and thunderstorms, with minor riverine flooding possible across the South Oropouche River Basin.

GOES-16 IR Imagery showing convection across T&T, with stronger activity remaining to our east. (Weathernerds.org)
GOES-16 IR Imagery showing convection across T&T, with stronger activity remaining to our east. (Weathernerds.org)


Flooding Continues In Couva, Manzanilla

4:45 PM Friday 27th November 2020

Following up to 50 millimeters of rainfall within an hour across Couva and Point Lisas, flooding is still ongoing across the area.

Flooding is also still ongoing on the Manzanilla-Mayaro Road, with the roadway becoming impassable to smaller vehicles as the day progressed on Friday.



Flooding On The Diego Martin Main Road

3:55 PM Friday 27th November 2020



Heavy Rainfall Trigger Street Flooding In Couva, Claxton Bay

3:30 PM Friday 27th November 2020

Between 37.5 to 50 mm (1.5 to 2 inches) of rainfall has fallen in Couva and Point Lisas over the last hour, triggering street flooding on the Couva Main Road and Southern Main Road. Expect traffic delays in the area.



Heavy Showers, Isolated Thunderstorms Affecting Trinidad

3:00 PM Friday 27th November 2020

Isolated moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms are affecting western coastal Trinidad with partly to mostly cloudy skies elsewhere. Additional showers and possible thunderstorms forecast through the afternoon, favoring Trinidad.

Street/flash flooding, gusty winds and lightning possible. There are no adverse weather alerts in effect at this time.

GOES-16 IR Imagery showing convection across T&T, with stronger activity remaining to our east. (Weathernerds.org)
GOES-16 IR Imagery showing convection across T&T, with stronger activity remaining to our east. (Weathernerds.org)


Sangre Grande Regional Corporation Clearing Clogged Drains In Manzanilla


Strong Wind Shear Keeps Rainfall East, Showers & Thunderstorms Still Forecast

10:00 AM Friday 27th November 2020

Partly to mostly cloudy skies are ongoing across Trinidad and Tobago. Much of the heavy rainfall and thunderstorm activity overnight have remained east of T&T, mainly affecting Tobago due to strong westerly wind shear. The Adverse Weather Alert was discontinued.

As we progress through today, partly cloudy skies will give way to cloudy and overcast skies during the afternoon, with shower and thunderstorm activity favoring western and northern Trinidad. Still, much of the heavier activity is forecast to remain offshore and south of Trinidad.

GOES-16 IR Imagery showing weak convection across T&T, with stronger activity remaining to our east. (Weathernerds.org)
GOES-16 IR Imagery showing weak convection across T&T, with stronger activity remaining to our east. (Weathernerds.org)


Adverse Weather Alert Discontinued For T&T

8:35 AM Friday 27th November 2020

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has discontinued the Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) for Trinidad and Tobago as rainfall remained east of Trinidad, mainly affecting Tobago and offshore eastern T&T due to strong westerly wind shear. Still, afternoon showers and thunderstorms are possible, exacerbating ongoing floods.

According to the TTMS, “Most of the showers and thunderstorms are to the east of Trinidad and Tobago, so the threat of impactful weather has significantly decreased. Keep monitoring our updates as any additional rainfall to an already saturated soil can result in the possibility of localized flooding, landslips, and landslides.



Smaller Vehicles Not Advised To Travel Along Manzanilla-Mayaro Road Due To Flooding

7:00 AM Friday 27th November 2020

According to the Minister of Parliament for Mayaro, Rushton Paray, the Manzanilla Police reported that water is crossing in several areas of the Manzanilla Road.

The police are advising against low vehicles attempting to cross at this time. Drivers are being asked to exercise extreme caution when navigating through any flooded areas.



Flooding Ongoing Across Woodland, South Trinidad

3:00 AM Friday 27th November 2020

Following heavy rainfall across Southern Trinidad, the South Oropuche River is running at elevated levels, with tributaries flowing into the river at threshold levels.

Flooded roadways in Woodland early Friday morning (Mitra Bridgemohan)
Flooded roadways in Woodland early Friday morning (Mitra Bridgemohan)

Several roads in the Woodland area are inundated at this time, with travel not recommended due to bad road conditions, which drivers may not be able to see due to flood waters.

Flooded roadways in Woodland early Friday morning (Mitra Bridgemohan)
Flooded roadways in Woodland early Friday morning (Mitra Bridgemohan)

Pluck Road is flooded at several points between San Francique Road and M2 Ring Road.

Flooded roadways in Woodland early Friday morning (Mitra Bridgemohan)
Flooded roadways in Woodland early Friday morning (Mitra Bridgemohan)


Rainfall Subsides Across T&T (For Now)

12:00 AM Friday 27th November 2020

Rain, showers, and isolated thunderstorms have subsided across Trinidad and Tobago for now. However, isolated areas of rainfall are being detected east of T&T, gradually drifting westward. Rainfall is forecast to return across both islands by 3:00 AM through 5:00 AM, with adverse weather possible.

For Tobago, there is an elevated risk of landslides and flash flooding, particularly across the eastern half of the island. For Trinidad, there is an elevated threat of street/flash flooding, particularly across southern and central Trinidad.

Minor to moderate riverine flooding is possible in the South Oropuche River basin, particularly along the Papure River. Those living in flood-prone areas of the South Oropouche River Basin should take the necessary precautions.

12:00 AM Radar Image showing widely scattered showers across the Southern Windwards as a trough affects the region. (Barbados Meteorological Service)
12:00 AM Radar Image showing widely scattered showers across the Southern Windwards as a trough affects the region. (Barbados Meteorological Service)


Adverse Weather Alert Issued For T&T

10:45 PM Thursday 26th November 2020

The TTMS has issued an Adverse Weather Alert for T&T, retroactively going into effect at 10:45 PM, through 9:00 AM Friday. Street/flash flooding, gusty winds and landslides are possible due to a low-level trough interacting with the ITCZ.

Note that showers and thunderstorms are forecast to persist through Friday and into Saturday. This alert may be extended.



Flooding Ongoing in Penal, Manzanilla

10:30 PM Thursday 26th November 2020

Floodwater is reportedly rising along areas of Clark Road, Penal according to Councilor for the area, Shanty Boodram as seen below.

Flooding has also been reported on the Manzanilla-Mayaro Road, though the roadway remains passable to most vehicles.



Light Rain Continue Across T&T, Additional Rainfall Forecast Overnight Into Friday

10:00 PM Thursday 26th November 2020

Light rain with mostly cloudy to overcast skies are ongoing across Trinidad and Tobago. Over the last six hours, up to 25 millimeters (1 inch) has fallen across parts of T&T. Flood waters are on the rise across the South Oropuche River Basin.

Additional showers are approaching Tobago from the east, with additional rainfall possible across Trinidad overnight. For Tobago, there is an elevated risk of landslides and flash flooding, particularly across the eastern half of the island. For Trinidad, there is an elevated threat of street/flash flooding, particularly across southern and central Trinidad. Minor to moderate riverine flooding is possible in the South Oropuche River basin, particularly along the Papure River. Those living in flood-prone areas of the South Oropouche River Basin should take the necessary precautions.

GOES-16 IR Imagery showing weak convection across T&T, with stronger activity remaining to our east. (Weathernerds.org)
GOES-16 IR Imagery showing weak convection across T&T, with stronger activity remaining to our east. (Weathernerds.org)


Showers Continue Across Trinidad, Exacerbating Floods

8:00 PM Thursday 26th November 2020

Scattered showers, becoming heavy at times, are persisting across Trinidad, with cloudy skies across Tobago.

Street/flash flooding are likely across Trinidad with ongoing showers and minor to moderate riverine flooding is possible across the South Oropuche River basin.

Through the night, additional adverse weather is forecast with isolated showers and thunderstorms possible.

8:00 PM Radar Image showing widely scattered showers across the Southern Windwards as a trough affects the region. (Barbados Meteorological Service)
8:00 PM Radar Image showing widely scattered showers across the Southern Windwards as a trough affects the region. (Barbados Meteorological Service)


Papure River Overtops Its Banks

South Oropuche River Elevated

The Papure River, a large tributary to the South Oropuche River, has overtopped its banks. Flooding is ongoing on the Digity Main Road. Seek alternate routes.

Other tributaries in the South Oropuche River Basin, particularly those in Debe and Woodland are nearing threshold levels. Those living in flood-prone areas of the South Oropouche River Basin should take the necessary precautions.



Showers Continue Across Trinidad, Rainfall Subsiding Across Tobago

7:00 PM Thursday 26th November 2020

Scattered showers, becoming heavy at times, are ongoing across Trinidad, with rainfall on the decline across Tobago. Generally cloudy skies persist across both islands.

Street/flash flooding are likely across Trinidad with ongoing showers and minor to moderate riverine flooding is possible across the South Oropuche River basin.

Through the night, isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible.

7:00 PM Radar Image showing widely scattered showers across the Southern Windwards as a trough affects the region. (Barbados Meteorological Service)
7:00 PM Radar Image showing widely scattered showers across the Southern Windwards as a trough affects the region. (Barbados Meteorological Service)


Papure River At Threshold Levels

The Papure River is a large tributary to the South Oropuche River

The Papure River at Papourie Road, near Monkey Town Government School, is at threshold levels as of 5:45 PM Thursday. With additional rainfall, flash and riverine flooding are likely. The Papure River flows into the South Oropuche River.

The Papure River, at Papourie Road, at threshold levels. (Melissa Ramdass)
The Papure River, at Papourie Road, at threshold levels. (Melissa Ramdass)


Landslides Reported Across Eastern Tobago

Heavy rainfall has caused two major landslides across Eastern Tobago in the last 24 hours. Officials from the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) responded to a landslide in Moriah, known as Big River, on Wednesday. Another large landslide in Craig Hill occurred on Thursday, rendering the roadway impassable.

Craig Hall landslide on Thursday
Craig Hall landslide on Thursday

According to CNC3 News, TEMA director, Allan Stewart said that as of late Thursday evening, the roadway at Craig Hall was only open to single-lane traffic with his team on site. He also asked that people using the Windward roads to be especially mindful as the area is susceptible to landslides, and the soil is saturated due to persistent rainfall.

Landslide at Big River, Moriah on Wednesday
Landslide at Big River, Moriah on Wednesday


Scattered Showers Across T&T

6:00 PM Thursday 26th November 2020

Scattered showers continue across Trinidad, with widespread light to moderate rainfall ongoing across Tobago. Isolated heavy showers and possible thunderstorms are forecast to develop across Trinidad overnight. Additional heavy rainfall may produce street/flash flooding in already waterlogged areas.

6:00 PM Radar Image showing widely scattered showers across the Southern Windwards as a trough affects the region. (Barbados Meteorological Service)
6:00 PM Radar Image showing widely scattered showers across the Southern Windwards as a trough affects the region. (Barbados Meteorological Service)


Additional Showers Developing Across Trinidad, Rainfall Continues Across Tobago

5:00 PM Thursday 26th November 2020

Light to moderate rainfall continues across Tobago with isolated heavy pockets. Moderate to heavy showers are developing across Trinidad, favoring Central and Northern areas. Additional showers are forecast through the evening and night, with heavier rainfall staying east and north of T&T.

4:50 PM Radar Image showing widely scattered showers across the Southern Windwards as a trough affects the region. (Barbados Meteorological Service)
4:50 PM Radar Image showing widely scattered showers across the Southern Windwards as a trough affects the region. (Barbados Meteorological Service)


Heavy Rainfall Continues Across Tobago, Isolated Showers Across Trinidad

4:00 PM Thursday 26th November 2020

Heavy rainfall is persisting across Tobago, with new moderate to heavy showers developing. Between 12.5 to 25 millimeters (0.5 to 1 inch) of rainfall has fallen over the last 6 hours, with isolated areas up to 50 millimeters (2 inches) recorded across Eastern Tobago.

Across Trinidad, mostly cloudy to overcast skies are ongoing, with light to moderate rainfall favoring northern and eastern halves of the island. Additional rainfall is forecast for both islands overnight.

Radar Image showing widely scattered showers across the Southern Windwards as a trough affects the region. (Barbados Meteorological Service)
Radar Image showing widely scattered showers across the Southern Windwards as a trough affects the region. (Barbados Meteorological Service)


Rainfall Favoring Northern Half of Trinidad, Tobago

3:00 PM Thursday 26th November 2020

Heavy rainfall is ongoing across the eastern half of Tobago, with light to moderate rain and showers ongoing across the northern half of Trinidad and the remainder of Tobago.

Additional adverse weather with showers and possible thunderstorms are forecast through the afternoon, with heavier activity favoring Tobago. Street/flash flooding and gusty winds possible.

Radar Image showing widely scattered showers across the Southern Windwards as a trough affects the region. (Barbados Meteorological Service)
Radar Image showing widely scattered showers across the Southern Windwards as a trough affects the region. (Barbados Meteorological Service)


Flash Flooding Ongoing At Lalbeharry Trace, Debe

2:50 PM Thursday 26th November 2020



The Diego Martin River Overtops, Flash Flooding Ongoing In The Area

2:15 PM Thursday 26th November 2020

The Diego Martin River is at elevated levels following 37.5 mm to 67.5 mm (1.5 to 2.5 inches) falling in the area over the last hour.

Raging Diego Martin River at 2:00 PM.
Raging Diego Martin River at 2:00 PM.

The Diego Martin River has overtopped at the corner of Sinai and Benjamin Street, Diego Martin causing minor flash flooding in the area.



Flooding Ongoing In Golconda, Lower Barrackpore



Heavy Rainfall Ongoing Across Various Parts of T&T

2:00 PM Thursday 26th November 2020

Scattered showers are ongoing across Trinidad and Tobago. Heavy rainfall is ongoing across parts of Tobago, with a wind gust of 41.7 KM/H recorded at 1:37 PM.

Heavy to violent rainfall rates have been recorded across parts of Northern Trinidad, including Diego Martin and in Central Trinidad, in Chaguanas. Additional adverse weather with showers and possible thunderstorms forecast through the afternoon.

Street/flash flooding is likely in areas where heavy rainfall occurs, accompanied by gusty winds up to and in excess of 45 KM/H.

GOES-16 IR Imagery showing scattered showers across Trinidad, with deep convection generally remaining offshore as a trough system affects T&T. (Weathernerds.org)


Flooding Ongoing On The Manzanilla-Mayaro Road

1:30 PM Thursday 26th November 2020



Flooding ongoing in Penal, Debe & Barrackpore

1:00 PM Thursday 26th November 2020

Flooding has been reported on the S.S. Erin Road at Bick’s Auto, Papourie Road in the vicinity of Barrackpore Secondary Schools (East & West) and several other locations across Penal, Debe and Barrackpore.



Showers, Isolated Thunderstorms Affecting T&T

1:00 PM Thursday 26th November 2020

Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are affecting parts of Trinidad and Tobago. Across Southern Trinidad, an isolated thunderstorm is producing heavy rainfall, triggering street and flash flooding in the Penal area.

Today’s forecast: Higher rainfall accumulations to favor Trinidad’s eastern and southern halves. Scattered showers, isolated thunderstorms, and periods of rain are forecast to interrupt cloudy skies through Thursday. Conditions may gradually settle by nightfall with isolated showers possible overnight.

Up to 25 millimeters (1 inch) possible across Trinidad and Tobago. In heavier showers and thunderstorms, mainly across Eastern and Southern Trinidad, as well as Eastern Tobago, and where violent rainfall occurs, isolated totals up to 50 millimeters are possible.

GOES-16 IR Imagery showing scattered showers across Trinidad, with deep convection generally remaining offshore as a trough system affects T&T. (Weathernerds.org)
GOES-16 IR Imagery showing scattered showers across Trinidad, with deep convection generally remaining offshore as a trough system affects T&T. (Weathernerds.org)


Heavy Rainfall Threat Remains, Overall Totals Decreased Slightly

Wednesday 25th November 2020


Heavy Rainfall Forecast To Affect T&T

Tuesday 24th November 2020



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