Watch: Street Flooding, Downed Trees & Wind Damage Across SW Trinidad

5:30 PM Update: Two wooden homes were completely destroyed, seven homes experienced wind damage and up to 35 persons were affected in the Rousillac area according to Ms. Chandra Ramadharsingh, councilor for the area.

A thunderstorm affected parts of Coastal Southwestern Trinidad this afternoon, producing gusty winds, street flooding and locally heavy rainfall across the region.

The hardest-hit areas were La Brea, South Oropuche and Rousillac.

Collapsed home after the roof was blown off in South Oropuche
Collapsed home after the roof was blown off in South Oropuche

In Rousillac, as of 3:00 PM, there has been one report of a blown off roof, one report of roof damage and downed power lines in the vicinity of Rousillac Presbyterian Church.

Tree damage at Happy Hill Recreation Ground, Rousillac
Tree damage at Happy Hill Recreation Ground, Rousillac
Roof blown off a home in Rousillac
Roof blown off a home in Rousillac

2:15 PM: Gusty winds, locally heavy rainfall ongoing across Rousillac, Southwestern Trinidad.https://ttweathercenter.com/news/watch-street-flooding-downed-trees-wind-damage-across-sw-trinidad

Posted by Trinidad and Tobago Weather Center on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

In addition, along the Southern Main Road in the vicinity of Well Services Petroleum Company Limited, street flooding was ongoing as of 3:00 PM.

In La Brea, similar conditions occurred, with gusty winds downing trees, causing minor wind damage and triggering street flooding across the area.

2:45 PM – Gusty winds have downed a large tree along the Southern Main Road in the vicinity of La Brea and power lines in the Vicinity of Rousillac Presbyterian Church. Heavy rainfall has triggered street flooding across localized areas of La Brea. There are several reports of roof damage and blown off roofs.https://ttweathercenter.com/news/watch-street-flooding-downed-trees-wind-damage-across-sw-trinidad

Posted by Trinidad and Tobago Weather Center on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Additional showers and isolated thunderstorms are ongoing across the Western half of Trinidad, as forecast, through the afternoon.

3:00 PM Tuesday 20th August 2019 Radar Image from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service showing showers ongoing across Western Trinidad.

While many may attribute this to a “freak” storm, these thunderstorms are part of the normal wet season activity in Trinidad and Tobago.

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