Localized Flood Alert (Yellow Level) In Effect For Parts of Trinidad

Key Messages:
— A Localized Flood Alert (Yellow Level) is in effect from 10:30 AM through 9:00 PM today for “mainly the southern half of Trinidad” Note that rivers remain within their banks at this time.
— Over the last 12-18 hours, between one-half to 3 inches (12.5 to 75 millimeters) of rainfall has fallen across parts of Southern, Eastern, and Central Trinidad. Heavy rainfall forecast to persist through the afternoon, and in conjunction with high tides, additional flooding is possible, with the potential for short-lived riverine flooding (not included in the TTMS’ alert).

The Localized Flood Alert

For the first time in the TTMS’ Early Warning System history, the service has issued a Localized Flood Alert (Yellow Level) for mainly the southern half of Trinidad.

As we’ve forecast, heavier rainfall continues to favor eastern areas of Trinidad, gradually spreading across the island. Conditions are settling across Tobago due to a high-pressure system moving in.

Soils across mainly the southern half of the island are already saturated, and street flooding is ongoing across many areas, with flash flooding beginning. With high tide later this evening at 4:42 PM, minor tributaries may break their banks as well.

Because of the ongoing street and flash flooding, the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued a Localized Flood Alert (Yellow Level) at 10:30 AM Monday.

The alert is in effect from 10:30 AM Monday 2nd November 2020 through 9:00 PM Monday 2nd November 2020. The good news, a high-pressure system will spread across Trinidad this evening, though with Saharan Dust, leading to a settled couple of days, weather-wise, ahead.

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

Information from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service concerning the Localized Flood Alert for 2nd November 2020.

Heavy rainfall and already saturated soils will continue to lead to flooding in some areas due to filled drains, small water courses and localised ponding .” according to the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service. This “alert” status takes into account the possibility of the event occurring. This localized flood 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 and riverine flooding in your area.

Carefully monitor weather conditions and river/water levels. Monitor updates from official sources and plan safety measures. Do not take unnecessary risks. Avoid entering flood waters. Follow the instructions of government officials.

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