Live Updates – Tropical Wave 35 & The ITCZ

This severe weather event has ended. Street/flash flooding, gusty winds up to 65 KM/H, landslides/mudslides, downed trees & utility poles were possible.


8:00 PM Thursday 15th August 2019

The adverse weather alert is cancelled by the TTMS. Mostly settled conditions are ongoing across T&T. Isolated showers possible on Friday.



4:00 PM Thursday 15th August 2019

The updated list of wind-damaged areas:

  • Light Pole #65, San Francique Main Road, Penal – Large downed tree, roadway temporarily impassable.
  • GP Branch Road, Barrackpore – Roof damage
  • Beckles Street, Penal – Roof damage
  • Cuchawan Trace – Roof damage
  • Bombay Avenue, Quinam Road – Roof damage
  • Forest Reserve – Downed tree on power lines
  • Dow Village, California – Roof damage
  • Heritage’s Administration Building, Point Fortin – Downed power lines
The roof of this house was completely blown off during a freak storm at GP Branch Road, Barrackpore, on Thursday afternoon. Credit: Trinidad Express
Forest Reserve – Downed tree on power lines (Photo: Rienzi Xavier)

Happening in Point Fortin

Posted by Tony Ajodha on Thursday, August 15, 2019


3:00 PM Thursday 15th August 2019

A roof has blown off another home at Bombay Avenue, Quinam Road. Any assistance can be directed to Shanty Boodram at 1-868-293-5900.

A roof has blown off another home at Bombay Avenue, Quinam Road. Photos: Shanty Boodram



2:45 PM Thursday 15th August 2019

The Adverse Weather Alert has been extended by the TTMS until 12:00 AM Friday (midnight tonight) only for Trinidad.

Isolated showers and possible thunderstorms are forecast to mainly favor Eastern and Northern Trinidad through the evening, and Southeastern and Southern Trinidad after nightfall.



2:30 PM Thursday 15th August 2019

After 1:00 PM this afternoon, a strong thunderstorm brought gusty winds and heavy rainfall to parts of Southwestern Trinidad.

Gusty winds have toppled trees, blown off roofs and caused power outages in several areas of Southwestern Peninsula.

Presently, the San Francique Main Road is impassable due to a large tree being brought down, just before the Building Resources Limited Hardware at Light Pole #65, San Francique Main Road, Penal. T&TEC, the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation DMU and the TTFS are on site as clearing efforts are underway.

Large tree down along the San Francique Main Road

There were reports of roofs blown off small structures and homes in Barrackpore, Penal and Dow Village, along the Southern Main Road. A roof was blown off a home at Beckles Street, Penal, with rainfall damaging several appliances and furniture within the home.

A roof was blown off a home at Beckles Street, Penal, with rainfall damaging several appliances and furniture within the home. Photos: Shanty Boodram

Brief power outages have been reported across San Fernando, Fyzabad, Moruga, Palmiste, Debe, Penal and Philippine.



2:00 PM Thursday 15th August 2019

Gusty winds have brought down a tree at San Francique Main Road, just before the Building Resources Limited Hardware, Penal. The roadway is temporarily impassable. Seek alternative routes.



1:40 PM Thursday 15th August 2019

Gusty winds have brought down a tree at San Francique Main Road, just before the Building Resources Limited Hardware, Penal. The roadway is temporarily impassable. Roofs were also blown off at Barrackpore and Dow Village. CERT officials are on site. Power is out across isolated areas of Debe, Siparia, Penal.

Gusty winds have brought down a tree at San Francique Main Road, just before the Building Resources Limited Hardware, Penal. The roadway is temporarily impassable.


1:30 PM Thursday 15th August 2019

Roof damage has occurred in Dow Village, California, South Oropuche. CERT officials are on site.

Roof damage has occurred in Dow Village, California, South Oropuche. CERT officials are onsite.
Roof damage has occurred in Dow Village, California, South Oropuche. CERT officials are onsite.


1:15 PM Thursday 15th August 2019

Heavy showers ongoing across parts of North Central and Northwestern Trinidad, with a thunderstorm ongoing across Southwestern Trinidad. Scattered showers of varying intensities ongoing elsewhere, with locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds.

Gusty winds have produced minor wind damage across Southern Trinidad. No reports of street or flash flooding at this time, but is likely across Northern and Southwestern Trinidad as high rainfall rates are ongoing. Additional showers are likely, mainly across Trinidad this afternoon through the evening.

1:00 PM Thursday 15th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


1:00 PM Thursday 15th August 2019

Heavy showers, thunder, lightning, and gusty winds are ongoing across parts of Southwestern Trinidad. Visibility has been reduced to near zero during heavy rainfall.

Gusty winds and heavy rainfall moving across Penal


12:45 PM Thursday 15th August 2019

A feature called a “bow-echo” has developed as a thunderstorm moves across Southern and Central Trinidad. This feature typically brings very gusty straight-line winds, which persons tend to attribute to a “freak storm.” Winds gusts up to 65 KM/H possible across parts of Southern and Central Trinidad, particularly western parts of the island, in addition to heavy rainfall.

12:30 PM Thursday 15th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


12:00 PM Thursday 15th August 2019

Another round of showers and thunderstorms are forecast to move across mainly Southern and Central Trinidad over the next 1-2 hours. Isolated showers ongoing across parts of Trinidad presently, with a few rays of sun peeking through partly cloudy skies across Northern coastal Trinidad and Tobago.

Scattered moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms associated with the ITCZ are ongoing across mainly Trinidad. Street/flash flooding, landslides, gusty winds possible through Thursday. Credit: Weathernerds.org
11:00 AM Thursday 15th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


9:00 AM Thursday 15th August 2019

Showers are ongoing across Northern and Central Trinidad, as well as Tobago. While sunny skies are ongoing across Southern Trinidad, this is forecast to become overcast over the next hour or so as showers move across the area.

9:00 AM Thursday 15th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


8:00 AM Thursday 15th August 2019

Scattered showers are ongoing across Northern and Eastern Trinidad, with additional showers approaching Southern and Central Trinidad, as well as Tobago.

8:00 AM Thursday 15th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


7:30 AM Thursday 15th August 2019

Periods of moderate to heavy showers are ongoing across the Northern Range, with scattered showers approaching Central and Southern Trinidad, as well as Tobago.

7:30 AM Thursday 15th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


6:30 AM Thursday 15th August 2019

While sunny conditions are ongoing across Southern and Central Trinidad, periods of showers and overcast skies are ongoing across Northern Trinidad and Tobago. The Adverse Weather Alert remains in effect.

6:30 AM Thursday 15th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


7:00 PM Wednesday 14th August 2019

After a dismal day of widely scattered showers and a few thunderstorms, similar activity is forecast on Thursday as the ITCZ sticks around.

The Adverse Weather Alert from the TTMS remains in effect for Trinidad and Tobago through 2:00 PM Thursday.



4:30 PM Wednesday 14th August 2019

As of 4:30 PM, mostly settled conditions are ongoing across Trinidad with isolated to scattered showers across Tobago. An area of moderate to heavy showers is approaching Trinidad. This cluster of showers is forecast to begin affecting Eastern Trinidad later this evening.

4:00 PM Wednesday 14th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service
Scattered moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms following the wave axis of Tropical Wave 35, combined with the ITCZ are ongoing across T&T's coastal waters. Street/flash flooding, landslides, gusty winds possible through Thursday due to Tropical Wave 35. Credit: Weathernerds.org
Scattered moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms following the wave axis of Tropical Wave 35, combined with the ITCZ are ongoing across T&T’s coastal waters. Street/flash flooding, landslides, gusty winds possible through Thursday due to Tropical Wave 35. Credit: Weathernerds.org


4:18 PM Wednesday 14th August 2019

UPDATE: FALLEN UTILITY POLE AT BACOLETTrinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is currently on the scene at Bacolet…

Posted by TEMA (Tobago Emergency Management Agency) on Wednesday, August 14, 2019


3:00 PM Wednesday 14th August 2019

Tobago Emergency Management Agency is reporting that there is a fallen utility pole in the vicinity of Treasure Isles Hotel, Bacolet, Tobago. This fallen pole has resulted in one-way traffic and motorists are advised to exercise caution when driving through the area.

CERT ON THE SCENE OF THE FALLEN UTILITY POLE AT BACOLETCERT is on the scene of the fallen utility pole in the vicinity…

Posted by TEMA (Tobago Emergency Management Agency) on Wednesday, August 14, 2019


2:00 PM Wednesday 14th August 2019

The first round of showers and thunderstorms have now moved west of Trinidad, with isolated showers still affecting parts of Trinidad and Tobago.

A lull in activity is forecast later this afternoon through the evening, mainly across Trinidad. This means parts of T&T may see a few rays of sun peeking through the clouds!

However, developing showers and thunderstorms east of Trinidad and Tobago are forecast to affect the islands again after nightfall, mainly after 7:00 PM. Intermittent showers and thunderstorms are forecast to continue overnight tonight through Thursday across both islands.

A full forecast will be posted later this afternoon for this evening and tomorrow.



1:15 PM Wednesday 14th August 2019

Intermittent showers and isolated heavy showers and/or thunderstorms are forecast to continue affecting much of Trinidad and Tobago through the evening. An isolated, strong thunderstorm is moving west of Trinidad, producing frequent lightning.

Heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms following the wave axis of Tropical Wave 35, combined with the ITCZ are ongoing across T&T. Street/flash flooding, landslides, gusty winds possible on Wednesday through Thursday due to Tropical Wave 35. Credit: Weathernerds.org
Heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms following the wave axis of Tropical Wave 35, combined with the ITCZ are ongoing across T&T. Street/flash flooding, landslides, gusty winds possible on Wednesday through Thursday due to Tropical Wave 35. Credit: Weathernerds.org


1:00 PM Wednesday 14th August 2019

Street flooding is ongoing across a few areas in Debe and Penal. Street flooding has been reported along Chester Street, Debe with approximately two feet of water as well as along the S.S. Erin Road in the vicinity of Bick’s Auto Parts. Roads are still passable.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government notes reports of street flooding in parts of southern Trinidad.Citizens are urged to exercise caution while travelling through affected areas. Video: Flooding along the SS Erin Road (in the vicinity of Bick's Auto Parts) this morning at approximately 11:40am. #DisasterManagement #LocalGovernment #PuttingPeopleFirst #MORDLG

Posted by Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government on Wednesday, August 14, 2019


12:45 PM Wednesday 14th August 2019

Scattered to widespread showers are ongoing across the Eastern half of Trinidad with isolated to scattered showers ongoing across Tobago. Isolated thunderstorms are occurring along Western coastal Trinidad. Street flooding, gusty winds and frequent lightning possible.

As of 12:45 PM, thunderstorms across Trinidad, near Tobago and Grenada have produced upwards of 1,150 lightning strikes across the area in the last hour, with 624 cloud-to-ground strikes. Most of these lightning strikes occurred offshore.

12:30 PM Wednesday 14th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service
Lightning strikes across Trinidad between 12:40 PM and 12:42 PM Wednesday.


12:00 PM Wednesday 14th August 2019

Scattered to widespread showers are ongoing across Trinidad with isolated to scattered showers ongoing across Tobago. Isolated thunderstorms are occurring along Western coastal Trinidad. Street flooding, gusty winds and frequent lightning possible.

12:00 PM Wednesday 14th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


12:00 PM Wednesday 14th August 2019

The Adverse Weather Alert is now in effect for Trinidad and Tobago, beginning 12:00 PM today through 2:00 PM tomorrow.

The alert was updated at 10:00 AM by the TTMS to include Tobago and update the start time of the event.



11:00 AM Wednesday 14th August 2019

Isolated to scattered showers, with heavy pockets moving across mainly Eastern and Southern Trinidad. Isolated showers ongoing across Tobago. A thunderstorm is nearing East-Central Trinidad. Street/flash flooding possible in addition to gusty winds.

11:00 AM Wednesday 14th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


10:15 AM Wednesday 14th August 2019

Moderate to heavy scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are approaching Trinidad, with a line of light to moderate showers occurring across the southern half of Trinidad. Additional activity likely through the late morning into the afternoon. The Adverse Weather Alert has been updated to include Tobago and the start time as been adjusted to begin at 12:00 PM today. Details posted shortly.

10:15 AM Wednesday 14th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


9:00 AM Wednesday 14th August 2019

Moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms are approaching Eastern Trinidad and Tobago. These showers and thunderstorms are forecast to move across T&T over the next 1-2 hours. Street flooding, gusty winds possible.

Heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms following the wave axis of Tropical Wave 35, combined with the ITCZ are approaching T&T. Street/flash flooding, landslides, gusty winds possible on Wednesday through Thursday due to Tropical Wave 35. Credit: Weathernerds.org
Heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms following the wave axis of Tropical Wave 35, combined with the ITCZ are approaching T&T. Street/flash flooding, landslides, gusty winds possible on Wednesday through Thursday due to Tropical Wave 35. Credit: Weathernerds.org


8:30 AM Wednesday 14th August 2019

The axis of Tropical Wave 35 is now west of Trinidad and Tobago. Isolated to scattered showers are forecast to increase across Trinidad and Tobago, with thunderstorm activity likely by the late morning across both islands.

Presently, partly cloudy to sunny skies are being interrupted by isolated showers. Note that the Adverse Weather Alert goes into effect at 10:00 AM today, through 2:00 PM Thursday. Street/flash flooding, gusty winds up to 65 KM/H and landslides are possible.



8:00 AM Wednesday 14th August 2019

The axis of Tropical Wave 35 is now west of Trinidad and Tobago. Isolated to scattered showers are forecast to increase across Trinidad and Tobago, with thunderstorm activity likely by the late morning across both islands.

8:00 AM Wednesday 14th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


7:00 AM Wednesday 14th August 2019

Isolated to scattered showers are occurring mainly across Eastern and Southern Trinidad. The axis of Tropical Wave 35 is moving across Trinidad, with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms further east.

7:00 AM Wednesday 14th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


6:00 AM Wednesday 14th August 2019

Very isolated showers are occurring mainly across Eastern Trinidad. The axis of Tropical Wave 35 is moving across Tobago, with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms further east.

6:00 AM Wednesday 14th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service


7:00 PM Tuesday 13th August 2019

The axis of Tropical Wave 35 remains east of Trinidad and Tobago, along 55W, moving westward at 10-15 knots. This wave is forecast to move across the islands early tomorrow morning with inclement weather following on Wednesday into Thursday.

 Heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms are mainly east of the wave axis, combined with the ITCZ. Street/flash flooding, landslides, gusty winds possible on Wednesday through Thursday due to Tropical Wave 35. Credit: Weathernerds.org
Heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms are mainly east of the wave axis, combined with the ITCZ. Street/flash flooding, landslides, gusty winds possible on Wednesday through Thursday due to Tropical Wave 35. Credit: Weathernerds.org


6:30 PM Tuesday 13th August 2019

Isolated showers are favoring Southern and Eastern Trinidad as these showers progress generally westward.

6:30 PM Tuesday 13th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service showing isolated showers occurring mainly across Eastern and Southern Trinidad. Additional activity forecast over the next 24-48 hours as Tropical Wave 35 and the ITCZ approaches the region.
6:30 PM Tuesday 13th August 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service showing isolated showers occurring mainly across Eastern and Southern Trinidad. Additional activity forecast over the next 24-48 hours as Tropical Wave 35 and the ITCZ approaches the region.


5:30 PM Tuesday 13th August 2019

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued an Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) as Tropical Wave 35 nears Trinidad and Tobago, interacting with the ITCZ. Heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely, according to the TTMS to after 10:00 AM Wednesday 14th August 2019 through 2:00 PM Thursday 15th August 2019.



3:30 PM Tuesday 13th August 2019

Tropical Wave 35 & the ITCZ forecast to bring periods of showers and thunderstorms mainly during the latter half of Wednesday into Thursday across T&T.

Note that the first half of Wednesday is likely to be predominantly settled and at times sunny.

Locally heavy rainfall, street/flash flooding, gusty winds up to 60 KM/H and landslides possible.



6:15 PM Monday 12th August 2019

A fairly wet seven days are ahead due to the ITCZ and approaching tropical waves!

The ITCZ continues to affect mainly Trinidad over the next 12-18 hours, with showers and isolated thunderstorms favoring Trinidad overnight, and the southern half of the island on Tuesday. Note that for the Northern half of Trinidad, as well as Tobago, partly cloudy to sunny skies are likely on Tuesday.

By Wednesday into Thursday, Tropical Wave 35 is forecast to bring intermittent showers and thunderstorms across T&T, with locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds likely, particularly across Trinidad.

The ITCZ is forecast to remain across T&T Thursday through the weekend, with Tropical Wave 36 moving across the islands by the end of the weekend.


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