Live Updates – Tropical Wave 05

Tropical Wave 05 is forecast to move across Trinidad and Tobago on June 5th 2020. Following the passage of this wave, periods of showers and thunderstorms are possible, mainly overnight Thursday through Friday afternoon, with isolated thunderstorms possible on Saturday. Locally heavy rainfall may trigger street or flash flooding. Gusty winds in excess of 60 KM/H may cause downed trees, utility poles, and lines, as well as brief power outages. The chances for landslides/landslips remain very low, as much of the heavy rainfall is forecast to favor offshore areas, as well as along Eastern halves of the islands. Live Updates for this inclement weather event have now ended.

Isolated Thunderstorms In Gulf Of Paria

2:45 PM Saturday 6th June 2020

As lingering moisture and instability from Tropical Wave 05 remains across Trinidad, isolated showers and thunderstorms developed mainly across hilly and western areas of the island.



Isolated Rainfall Accumulations of 75 mm From Tropical Wave 05

12:30 AM Saturday 6th June 2020

On Friday 5th June 2020, most areas across Trinidad saw rainfall totals between 20-50 millimeters of rainfall, with isolated totals (where stations are located) up to 75 millimeters. Note that higher totals likely occurred across areas where no publicly reporting stations are located across parts of Southern and Eastern Trinidad, as well as offshore areas.



Fallen Trees in Lavantille and John John

6:30 PM Friday 5th June 2020

Gusty winds took down trees at Buller Trace, Pashley Street, Laventille and Plaisance Road, John John. In both instances, roofs of nearby homes were damaged.

The Disaster Management Unit of the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation responded to a fallen tree on Buller Trace,…

Posted by Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government on Friday, June 5, 2020


Roofs Blown Off in Freeport, Claxton Bay

5:00 PM Friday 5th June 2020

Roofs were partially blown off at Nelson Street, Freeport and Ramdhanie Street, St. Margaret’s, Claxton Bay.

Today the Couva/ Tabaquite/ Talparo Regional Corporation responded to reports of partially blown off roofs at Nelson…

Posted by Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government on Friday, June 5, 2020


Adverse Weather Alert Discontinued

4:14 PM Friday 5th June 2020

The Adverse Weather Alert has been discontinued, though showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible tonight through tomorrow afternoon.



Rising Flood Waters Force Closure of Health Center

2:40 PM Friday 5th June 2020

The South-West Regional Health Authority has closed the Penal Rock Road and Rochard Douglas Health Centers at midday due to rising flood waters in the area.

Please be advised that the Penal Rock Road and Rochard Douglas Health Centres have been closed at 12noon (today) June 5,…

Posted by South-West Regional Health Authority on Friday, June 5, 2020


Thunderstorms Now Affecting Grenada, The Grenadines

2:00 PM Friday 5th June 2020

Mostly cloudy conditions are ongoing across Trinidad and Tobago. Isolated showers with light to moderate rain are also occurring across parts of both islands. Thunderstorms are occurring north of T&T, affecting Grenada and the Grenadines, with an isolated thunderstorm just east of Trinidad.

Conditions are forecast to generally settle through the evening, with resurgence of showers and isolated thunderstorms possible after midnight.

Showers and thunderstorms associated with Tropical Wave 05. Image: Weathernerds
Showers and thunderstorms associated with Tropical Wave 05. Image: Weathernerds


Adverse Weather Alert Lowered To Yellow Level

1:00 PM Friday 5th June 2020

The Adverse Weather Alert’s risk level has been lowered to Yellow Level. Moderate impacts are possible as weather conditions gradually improve.



Overnight Power Outages Not Linked To Weather

Friday 5th June 2020

According to a LoopTT report, the Corporate Communications Manager for the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) Annabelle Brasnell has said last night’s outage across much of Trinidad and Tobago was not due to inclement weather.

Instead, an issue of low frequency originated from the Trinidad Generation Unlimited (TGU) power plant in La Brea, according to another senior T&TEC official at 2:30 AM.

While in most areas, power was restored within 5 to 30 minutes, supply was fully restored at 4:00 AM according to T&TEC’s Corporate Communications Manager.



Additional Showers, Thunderstorms Possible Through The Afternoon

10:00 AM Friday 5th June 2020

Over the last 7 hours, Tropical Wave 05 has brought persistent rainfall with locally heavy to violent showers and isolated thunderstorms across Trinidad, lesser so Tobago.

Several areas across Trinidad recorded rainfall accumulations between 20 to 65 millimeters and isolated areas up to 70 millimeters. Given our overall dry soils and low river levels, there have been little to no reports of street or flash flooding, with river levels well within their banks. Street/Flash flooding did occur across parts of Northern Trinidad between 2:00 AM and 4:00 AM.

Showers and thunderstorms associated with Tropical Wave 05 moving across Trinidad and Tobago over the last 6 hours. Image: Weathernerds
Showers and thunderstorms associated with Tropical Wave 05 moving across Trinidad and Tobago over the last 6 hours. Image: Weathernerds

As the axis of this wave continues to move west, a highly upper level divergent and low-level convergence pattern remains across Trinidad and Tobago, with high atmospheric moisture present. Overall dynamics remain favorable for shower and thunderstorm development through today.

Hence, isolated to scattered showers, light to moderate rain and isolated thunderstorms are still possible throughout the day. This activity will continue to bring the threat of street flooding, gusty winds in excess of 60 KM/H, and frequent lightning (in thunderstorms). The threat of landslides and flash flooding remains lower. Maximum temperatures across Trinidad and Tobago are forecast to reach near 28-29°C due to increased cloud cover. The Adverse Weather Alert (Orange Level) remains in effect through 4:00 PM today, though isolated showers and thunderstorms are forecast overnight into Saturday.



Heavy Showers, Isolated Thunderstorms Continue to Affect Trinidad

3:00 AM Friday 5th June 2020

The axis of Tropical Wave 05 has now moved across Trinidad and Tobago. Showers and thunderstorms are already affecting the island, triggering power outages across Trinidad, street flooding across parts of Northern Trinidad, and lightning across parts of the island.

The Adverse Weather Alert (Orange Level) is now in effect through 4:00 PM today. Additional showers, thunderstorms are forecast to affect both islands as we move through the mid-morning.



Power Outages Reported Across Various Areas of Trinidad

2:35 AM Friday 5th June 2020

Sporadic power outages have been reported across parts of Trinidad following isolated thunderstorms across the island. These areas include:

  • Tabaquite
  • Couva
  • Chin Chin
  • Enterprise
  • Cunupia
  • La Romain
  • Arouca
  • El Dorado
  • Aripo
  • Arima
  • Sangre Grande
  • Trincity
  • D’Abadie
  • Port of Spain
  • San Fernando
  • Point Fortin
  • Gasparillo
  • South Oropuche
  • Siparia
  • Petit Valley
  • Malabar
  • Cumuto

In a few areas, supply was restored within 5 minutes. However, most areas continue to report no power.



Overall Rainfall Accumulations, Chances For Flooding Increased

2:20 AM Friday 5th June 2020

Based on the latest modelling (00Z Friday 5th June 2020), models are showing overall heavier rainfall accumulations across Trinidad and Tobago.

Over the next 24-48 hours, Trinidad and Tobago may see accumulations between 25-50 millimeters, with isolated totals in excess of 75 millimeters. On the upper end of model guidance, isolated totals of up to 125 millimeters are possible.

Much of these heavier rainfall accumulations are forecast to favor Southern and Eastern halves of Trinidad, as well as much of Tobago.

Because of these changes, as well as the upgrade to Orange Level for the Adverse Weather Alert, our chances for the various types of flooding has increased. The chances for street flooding is now high to very high, flash flooding is high, riverine flooding is very low to low. The possibility of gusty winds in excess of 55 KM/H remains medium to high, with the threat of frequent lightning high.



Thunderstorms Remain East of Trinidad, Approaching Tobago

12:45 AM Friday 5th June 2020

Isolated showers are moving across Trinidad and Tobago, with mostly cloudy skies. Isolated thunderstorms remain east of Trinidad and south of Tobago, gradually moving west to the west-northwest.

Based on current speed and movement, these thunderstorms may impact Eastern Trinidad and Tobago within the next 1-2 hours.



Adverse Weather Alert Level Raised To Orange

11:52 PM Thursday 4th June 2020

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service raised the alert level from Yellow to Orange in Adverse Weather Alert #2. While the certainty of the event remains likely, impacts moved from moderate to severe, according to the TTMS’ risk matrix.

This means severe weather resulting from Tropical Wave 05 could bring the loss of a single life or serious injuries where physical defenses (sandbags) are needed. There may be major losses in confined areas and income earning may be impossible for several days. Several communities may be affected, with external help needed for recovery.



Heavier Showers, Isolated Thunderstorms Developing Across Southern Trinidad

11:00 PM Thursday 4th June 2020

As forecast, much of the heavier showers and thunderstorms are still forecast to begin across Trinidad and Tobago after midnight tonight, with thunderstorm activity beginning by 2:00 AM to 3:00 AM across the islands. Until then, most areas are forecast to continue experiencing near calm conditions with increasing cloudiness, at times interrupted by the odd shower.

Presently, isolated heavier showers are developing across the southern and eastern coasts of Trinidad with much of the existing thunderstorm activity still east of T&T, along with the wave axis. These heavier showers could develop into thunderstorms. The main hazards – street flooding, gusty winds and frequent lightning (in thunderstorms).

Infrared Imagery of Tropical Wave 05 approaching Trinidad and Tobago, with isolated thunderstorms and scattered showers. Image: Weathernerds
Infrared Imagery of Tropical Wave 05 approaching Trinidad and Tobago, with isolated thunderstorms and scattered showers. Image: Weathernerds


Showers Beginning To Move Across Trinidad

8:45 PM Thursday 4th June 2020

Showers and cloudiness are moving across Trinidad and Tobago, with rainfall reported across parts of Wallerfield, Arima, Cumuto, Chaguanas, Freeport, Couva, and Kelly Village in Trinidad, as well as Crown Point in Tobago.

Showers are forecast to remain brisk, with gusty winds possible. Increasing showers and isolated thunderstorms (which remain to our south and east for now) are forecast overnight across both islands.

Infrared Imagery of Tropical Wave 05 approaching Trinidad and Tobago, with isolated thunderstorms and scattered showers. Image: Weathernerds
Infrared Imagery of Tropical Wave 05 approaching Trinidad and Tobago, with isolated thunderstorms and scattered showers. Image: Weathernerds


Tropical Wave 05 To Bring Showers, Thunderstorms Beginning Thursday Night

8:00 PM Thursday 4th June 2020



TTMS Issue First Adverse Weather Alert For 2020 For T&T

2:30 PM Thursday 4th June 2020

Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued an Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) for T&T, going into effect at 3:00 AM Friday. Click for more information.
Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued an Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) for T&T, going into effect at 3:00 AM Friday. Click for more information.


Tropical Wave 05 To Bring Unsettled Weather To T&T

June 3rd 2020



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