Live Updates: ITCZ Multi-Day Heavy Rainfall Event

The ITCZ is moving across the Lesser Antilles. This may trigger street, flash and riverine flooding; downed trees, utility poles, and lines; landslides/landslips; power outages. Live Updates below. There are no alerts in effect for T&T.


6:30 PM Thursday 19th September 2019

A lightning strike has taken the temporary traffic lights at the Curepe Interchange offline.

The Ministry of Works and Transport will open the Priority Bus Route to light vehicles only at 7PM until further notice to facilitate the free flow of traffic.



4:15 PM Thursday 19th September 2019

Street flooding continues along Xavier Street, Chaguanas.



4:15 PM Thursday 19th September 2019

The isolated heavy shower that triggered street and flash flooding across Chaguanas is weakening and moving north, with light to moderate rainfall. Flooding should begin to subside across Chaguanas shortly.

4:15 PM Thursday 19th September 2019 Radar Update.
4:15 PM Thursday 19th September 2019 Radar Update.


3:35 PM Thursday 19th September 2019

Street flooding ongoing along the Caroni Savannah Road and along the Endeavour Connector Road in the vicinity of Chan Ramlal Street.



3:30 PM Thursday 19th September 2019

Flash flooding ongoing along Trantrill Road, St. Augustine.

Flash flooding ongoing along Trantrill Road, St. Augustine.


3:15 PM Thursday 19th September 2019

Street and flash flooding ongoing across the East-West Corridor.

Flash flooding in St. Augustine
Street flooding along the Tunapuna Road, Tunapuna.
Street flooding in Curepe
Street flooding in Curepe
Street flooding along the Eastern Main Road at Unilever
Street flooding along the Eastern Main Road at Unilever


3:00 PM Thursday 19th September 2019

Heavy rainfall is ongoing on the East-West Corridor between St. Augustine and Barataria, with street flooding reported in Valsayn, Curepe, St. Augustine, Aranguez and El Socorro, including the Eastern Main Road and the Southern Main Road.

2:45 PM Thursday 19th September 2019 Radar Update. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


2:00 PM Thursday 19th September 2019

Isolated heavy showers are ongoing across Trinidad. The showers across the Couva-Point Lisas area, as well as the Princes Town area, are forecast to weaken. However, the cluster of showers across North-Central Trinidad is intensifying, forecast to bring locally heavy rainfall between Barataria and Trincity, with street flooding likely across the East-West Corridor.

2:00 PM Thursday 19th September 2019 Radar Update. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


1:00 PM Thursday 19th September 2019

Street flooding ongoing along the Narsaloo Ramaya Marg Road, in the vicinity of Superpharm and Movietowne, Endeavour. Reduced visibility and ponding ongoing along the Uriah Butler Highway due to heavy showers and thunderstorms.

Street flooding ongoing along the Narsaloo Ramaya Marg Road, in the vicinity of Superpharm and Movietowne, Endeavour.
Reduced visibility and ponding on the Uriah Butler Highway
Incoming showers and thunderstorms at Tunapuna, looking westward. Credit: Jason Mohammed
Incoming showers and thunderstorms at Tunapuna, looking westward. Credit: Jason Mohammed


12:45 PM Thursday 19th September 2019

Isolated showers and thunderstorms are forecast, bringing another day of street flooding to parts of Trinidad. Tobago remains mostly hot and settled.



4:00 PM Wednesday 18th September 2019

The Adverse Weather Alert has been discontinued. The threat of significant impacts has passed. However, a few intervals of showers can be expected overnight.



4:00 PM Wednesday 18th September 2019

Street and flash flooding continue across the S.S. Erin Road and Clarke Road, Penal; the Southern Main Road in the vicinity of S.M. Jaleel; the Couva Main Road, Roystonia and the Southern Main Road in the vicinity of Holy Faith Convent, Couva; the Eastern Main Road, Arouca; Trincity in the vicinity of Trinity College East, St. Augustine, and parts of Northwestern Trinidad.

Flash flooding ongoing in the vicinity of the Eastern Main Road, Arouca.
Street flooding ongoing in the vicinity of Holy Faith Convent, Couva.
Flash flooding ongoing earlier today along the Southern Main Road, Claxton Bay.
Street flooding ongoing in Roystonia, Couva.
Street flooding ongoing in Roystonia, Couva.


3:20 PM Wednesday 18th September 2019

Street Flooding is ongoing across Penal as a heavy shower affects the area. Flash flooding ongoing along a few streams in Diego Martin. Street flooding ongoing along the Eastern Main Road, Cumuto.

Flash flooding along the Tucker Valley Road, Mount Pleasant

Street flooding along the S.S. Erin Road, Penal
Street flooding along Clarke Road, Penal


2:40 PM Wednesday 18th September 2019

Flooding has been reported in Cumuto, Eastern Trinidad and Arouca along the Eastern Main Road in the vicinity of the Old Bailey Bridge. Flooding has subsided along the Diego Martin Highway.

Flooding in Arouca along the Eastern Main Road in the vicinity of the Old Bailey Bridge

Flooding earlier in Santa Cruz
Flooding ongoing along Cumuto Road.


2:00 PM Wednesday 18th September 2019

Showers and thunderstorms continue across parts of Trinidad. Street and flash flooding are ongoing across the Diego Martin area, with several roadways impassable due to the Diego Martin River overtopping.

Flooding has also been reported due to the Maraval River overtopping, marooning WASA employees at the WASA station.

Street and flash flooding are also ongoing across Couva, Point-a-Pierre, and Claxton Bay.

Flooding along the Couva Main Road
Flooding along the Diego Martin Highway


1:40 PM Wednesday 18th September 2019

The Diego Martin River and Maraval River have burst its banks. Travel is not advised along both the Diego Martin Highway and Diego Martin Main Road due to the flash flooding. Persons working at the Maraval WASA Station are marooned.

Flooded Diego Martin Highway due to an overtopped Diego Martin River
Flooded Diego Martin Highway due to an overtopped Diego Martin River


1:15 PM Wednesday 18th September 2019

Flash flooding continues in the Diego Martin area with the Diego Martin River temporarily overtopped, flooding the Diego Martin Highway. Flooding is also ongoing along the Southern Main Road in the vicinity of Point-a-Pierre and Claxton Bay at Trinidad Cement Limited.

Overtopping Diego Martin River
Flooded Diego Martin Highway due to an overtopped Diego Martin River
Flooded Diego Martin Highway due to an overtopped Diego Martin River
Overtopping Diego Martin River


1:00 PM Wednesday 18th September 2019

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are affecting parts of Western Trinidad. Street and flash flooding presently affecting the Diego Martin region, with both the Diego Martin Main Road and Diego Martin Highway experiencing flooding at this time. Avoid area or delay travel if possible. The Diego Martin River has temporarily overtopped in a few areas as flash flooding is ongoing.

Flash flooding on the Diego Martin Highway
Flash flooding in Cocorite
Flash flooding on the Diego Martin Main Road


11:45 AM Wednesday 18th September 2019

Heavy showers are developing across parts of Trinidad, forecast to bring street and flash flooding across parts of Western Trinidad later this afternoon.

11:45 AM Wednesday 18th September 2019 Radar Update. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


10:30 AM Wednesday 18th September 2019

The Adverse Weather Alert was updated yet again, now only including Trinidad. Although the Alert for Tobago has been lifted, some showers are still expected, however, they are not expected to be impactful.

“There is a medium chance (60%) of heavy to intense showers and/or thunderstorms developing over Trinidad towards midday today, Wednesday 18th September 2019, and continuing into the afternoon. In the event of heavy or intense downpours, street/flash flooding and gusty winds can be expected. Given the rainfall accumulations over the last 24 hours and the rainfall activity expected today, there is also an increased risk of landslides/landslips in areas so prone.”



9:00 AM Wednesday 18th September 2019

A mostly hot and sunny morning is ongoing across Trinidad and Tobago, with scattered showers approaching the region.

As the day progresses, showers and thunderstorms are forecast to favor mainly Trinidad, with heavier activity favoring Western and Northern Trinidad. There is an elevated threat of flooding across the Northern half of Trinidad.

9:00 AM Tuesday 17th September 2019 Radar Update.

6:00 PM Tuesday 17th September 2019

Damaging severe thunderstorms and showers hit Tobago, producing damage across the island. There were numerous reports of downed trees, blocked roads, roof damage and other damages to property. No injuries reported.



1:20 PM Tuesday 17th September 2019

The Adverse Weather Alert was updated by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service.

Periods of light to moderate showers and/or rain will continue today (Tuesday 17th September 2019). There is a low to medium chance (25-45%) of intense showers and/or thunderstorms for the remainder of the day and a high chance (80%) towards midnight into tomorrow morning (Wednesday 18th September 2019). This rainfall activity will be intermittent with some settled intervals but in the event of heavy or intense downpours, street/flash flooding and gusty winds can be expected. The possibility of landslides/landslips is also heightened during the period. Water levels in the main river courses remain contained at this time.



12:45 PM Tuesday 17th September 2019

Mostly cloudy to overcast skies are ongoing across much of Trinidad, with light showers mainly across the Northern half of Trinidad. Widespread showers and rain are ongoing across Tobago, with some areas picking up 50 millimeters of rainfall in the last hour, accompanied by gusty winds up to 50 KM/H.

Gusty winds and heavy rainfall at Roxborough, Tobago on Tuesday Afternoon as heavy showers and thunderstorms move across the island.

Additional showers forecast mainly for the northern half of Trinidad and Tobago through the evening, with settled but cloudy skies elsewhere. The odd isolated shower is possible across the remainder of Trinidad overnight, with activity picking back up after midnight.

12:45 PM Tuesday 17th September 2019 Radar Update. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


9:00 AM Tuesday 17th September 2019

A multi-day heavy rainfall event is ongoing due to the ITCZ remaining across the region throughout the week. The Adverse Weather Alert goes into effect at 11:00 AM Tuesday through 8:00 PM Wednesday.

There is an elevated risk of street, flash and riverine (more prolonged) flooding, in addition to landslides by late Wednesday.



7:10 AM Tuesday 17th September 2019

Flooding ongoing across Port of Spain, with street flooding now reported on Wrightson Road and Edward Street. Street flooding also reported on Saddle Road, Santa Cruz in the vicinity of Bourg Multrasse Secondary School.

Flooding on Edward Street, Port of Spain.

Flooding on Wrightson Road, Port of Spain



7:00 AM Tuesday 17th September 2019

Street flooding ongoing along the eastbound lanes of the Beetham Highway, with water across most lanes in the vicinity of the Port of Spain Market. Expect traffic delays. Flooding also ongoing along the Western Main Road in the vicinity of Cocorite.

Flooding along the Beetham Highway
Flooding ongoing along the Western Main Road, Westmoorings.
Flooding ongoing along the Western Main Road, Cocorite.


6:45 AM Tuesday 18th September 2019

Flooding is ongoing across various parts of Northwestern Trinidad, causing significant traffic delays. Street flooding has been reported in Port of Spain, Cocorite, and environs. Do not travel into flooded roadways!

Cocorite, Eastbound at 6:45 AM Tuesday.

6:30 AM Tuesday 17th September 2019

Street flooding has begun in Port of Spain. Flooding has been reported on Independence Square, South Quay, Duncan Street, Edward Street, New Street, Piccadilly Street and surrounding areas. Do not venture into floodwaters and flooded roadways!

In South Trinidad, flooding is ongoing along Gopie Trace, Penal



6:00 AM Tuesday 17th September 2019

Scattered moderate to heavy showers are ongoing across Trinidad and Tobago, with isolated thunderstorms developing. This activity is forecast to persist throughout Tuesday. The Adverse Weather Alert goes into effect at 11:00 AM today.

This activity is due to the ITCZ being dragged northward following the passage of Tropical Wave 47 yesterday. Showers and thunderstorms are being supported by favorable mid-level and upper-level conditions.

6:00 AM Tuesday 17th September 2019 Radar Update. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service
6:00 AM Tuesday 17th September 2019 Radar Update. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


6:00 PM Monday 16th September 2019

The ITCZ is forecast to bring periods of showers and thunderstorms to Trinidad and Tobago over the next several days with an elevated risk of street, flash and riverine flooding as the week progresses.

Adverse Weather Alert – Yellow Level in effect from 11 AM Tuesday through 8 PM Wednesday, though ITCZ activity will continue through the end of the week.



4:00 PM Monday 16th September 2019

A tree has fallen on power lines along the North Coast Road in the vicinity of the Pillars. Traffic is reportedly at standstill in the area. Avoid or delay travel to the area if possible.



3:15 PM Monday 16th September 2019

Much of the scattered showers have subsided, with isolated light to moderate showers ongoing interior Central Trinidad and parts of South-Central and Southwestern Trinidad. Intermittent showers are forecast to persist into tonight across both islands.

3:00 PM Monday 16th September 2019 Radar Update. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service
3:00 PM Monday 16th September 2019 Radar Update. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


2:20 PM Monday 16th September 2019

Heavy showers and severe thunderstorms continue across the Western and Northern halves of Trinidad, with isolated to scattered showers ongoing elsewhere across Trinidad and Tobago. Parts of West-Central Trinidad have already recorded 20-40 millimeters of rainfall, with additional showers ongoing.

Street flooding continues across the area, with the threat of street/flash flooding ongoing into the evening and showers and thunderstorms forecast to persist.

Monday 16th September 2019 Radar Update. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


2:00 PM Monday 16th September 2019

Street flooding remains ongoing in Chagaunas and environs. Flooding has been confirmed along the Chaguanas Main Road, areas of Montrose and Endeavour, Lange Park, La Clave Street, Edinburgh Gardens Phase Three and Mulchan Suechan Road, Chaguanas.

Edinburgh Gardens Phase Three
Flooding in Chaguanas
Mulchan Suechan Road, Chaguanas
Chaguanas Main Road
Lange Park, Chagunaas


1:45 PM Monday 16th September 2019

A funnel cloud was reported in Cunupia, Central Trinidad as a strong thunderstorm developed across the area.

There were no reports of touchdown, hence this is not a tornado.



1:30 PM Monday 16th September 2019

Street flooding has been reported along the Southbound lanes of the Solomon Hochoy Highway in the vicinity of Endeavour. Water is present on all lanes but the roadway is passable. Expect traffic delays.

Street flooding is also ongoing along the Chaguanas Main Road, and several smaller flood-prone areas in Chaguanas and Endeavour.



1:20 PM Monday 16th September 2019

A rapidly developing thunderstorm across West-Central Trinidad is producing rainfall rates up to 100 millimeters per hour. Street flooding and reduced visibility on the roadway is ongoing, if not imminent, particularly for areas between Charlieville and Couva. Central Trinidad.

1:25 PM Monday 16th September 2019 Satellite Update. Image: Weathernerds


1:10 PM Monday 16th September 2019

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are affecting parts of Western and Northern Trinidad, as forecast. Street flooding, gusty winds, thunder and lightning possible.

 Monday 16th September 2019 Radar Update. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service
Monday 16th September 2019 Radar Update. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


6:00 PM Sunday 15th September 2019

Conditions have settled across Trinidad and Tobago this evening. However, on Monday, after an initially settled morning, showers and thunderstorms are forecast to develop across Northern and Western halves of Trinidad, as well as Tobago.

Street/flash flooding and gusty winds are likely during heavier showers and thunderstorms. It should be noted that Monday through Wednesday, heavy rainfall is forecast and this may become our next heavy rainfall event. Hence, the chances of street, flash and riverine flooding are high.

Lingering showers are forecast into Monday night, with the heaviest rainfall to occur on Tuesday into Wednesday.


3:40 PM Sunday 15th September 2019

There are reports of street flooding in Santa Flora and Rancho Quemado south Trinidad. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to proceed with caution. Please avoid intentionally walking or driving in floodwaters.



3:30 PM Sunday 15th September 2019

Isolated showers of varying intensities continue across Trinidad, with heavier and more widespread showers ongoing across Southwestern Trinidad. Street flooding ongoing across Debe, Penal and Santa Flora, South Trinidad.

3:30 PM Sunday 15th September 2019 Radar Update. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


2:50 PM Sunday 15th September 2019

Lots of lightning across Southwestern Trinidad as thunderstorms continue to affect the region. Over 43 strikes were detected over the last minute as of 2:50 PM, with 930 strikes over the last hour. 597 of these strikes were dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.



2:30 PM Sunday 15th September 2019

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are continuing to affect Southwestern Trinidad, with severe street flooding ongoing in Santa Flora and Fyzabad.

Street flooding in Santa Flora, Southwestern Trinidad
Street flooding in Santa Flora, Southwestern Trinidad


1:45 PM Sunday 15th September 2019

Showers and thunderstorms continue to affect parts of Trinidad and Tobago this afternoon. Thunderstorms continue to affect parts of Southwestern Trinidad, while isolated to scattered showers affect the remainder of the T&T, though hot temperatures continue. Street flooding ongoing across parts of Northwestern and Southwestern Trinidad.

1:45 PM Sunday 15th September 2019 Satellite Update. Image: Weathernerds
1:45 PM Sunday 15th September 2019 Satellite Update. Image: Weathernerds


1:35 PM Sunday 15th September 2019

Street flooding ongoing along Saddle Road in the vicinity of Sherwin Williams Paint Store, Maraval.



1:00 PM Sunday 15th September 2019

Persisting heavy showers and thunderstorms continue across the East-West Corridor, Southwestern Trinidad, and Western Tobago. Street flooding and gusty winds likely. Isolated showers are possible elsewhere with persisting oppressive heat.

1:15 PM Sunday 15th September 2019 Radar Update. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service
1:15 PM Sunday 15th September 2019 Radar Update. Image: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


1:00 PM Sunday 15th September 2019

Street flooding has been reported across Port of Spain, with confirmed reports of street flooding at City Gate, Wrightson Road, the Queen’s Park Savannah in the vicinity of the Emperor Valley Zoo, Cocorite and Ariapita Avenue.

Street flooding on the Queen's Park Savannah in the vicinity of the Emperor Valley Zoo
Street flooding on the Queen’s Park Savannah in the vicinity of the Emperor Valley Zoo
Street flooding on the Queen's Park Savannah in the vicinity of City Gate
Street flooding on the Queen’s Park Savannah in the vicinity of City Gate
Street flooding on Wrightson Road
Street flooding on Ariapita Avenue


12:30 PM Sunday 15th September 2019

Intense thunderstorm activity is being observed over parts of NW/SW Trinidad and SW Tobago. Keep in mind that gusty winds and street/flash flooding are in the forecast. Western areas can continue to see some activity through to mid-afternoon.



12:25 PM Sunday 15th September 2019

As heavy showers and thunderstorms begin to affect T&T, watch out for street flooding and gusty winds. Street flooding ongoing on Saddle Road, Santa Cruz.



12:00 PM Sunday 15th September 2019

Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms forecast to bring some much-needed rainfall and heat relief to T&T today, through Tuesday.



6:30 AM Sunday 15th September 2019

Those showers are at Trinidad’s doorstep, with isolated activity already affecting Tobago. This is due to the passage of Tropical Wave 46 overnight.

Intermittent showers and isolated thunderstorms forecast throughout Sunday, interrupting partly cloudy skies. Watch out for street flooding and gusty winds in heavier showers or thunderstorms.



1:00 AM Sunday 15th September 2019

Tropical Wave 46 is presently over the Lesser Antilles. A cluster of showers and thunderstorms are approaching Trinidad and Tobago, forecast to move across the islands Sunday morning, slightly earlier than forecast. This activity will interrupt partly cloudy skies, with the threat of street flooding and gusty winds in heavier showers and thunderstorms.



5:15 PM Saturday 14th September 2019

Lots going on in today’s tropical update:

– Humberto forecast to become our next hurricane
– Monitoring two tropical disturbances, neither a threat to the Lesser Antilles
– Showers inbound for T&T, particularly between late Sunday and Tuesday due to Tropical Wave 46 and Tropical Wave 47


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