Gusty winds moved across parts of Central and Southwestern Trinidad, producing minor roof damage in Freeport, with roofs blown off homes in the Penal area.
In Freeport, gusty winds at approximately 1:00 PM blew off galvanize sheets off a shed into a minor roadway in Calcutta #2. This was cleared, with no major damage to the nearby homes.
In the Penal-Debe area, gusty winds packed a punch. In Digity Trace, Clarke Road, Penal, the roof off one home was completely ripped off affecting a family of ten.
Roof was blown off a home along Digity Trace, Clarke Road, Penal. You can contact 274-2153 if you would like to assist.
5 homes also reported roofs blown off along Mohess Road, Penal with a tree falling on one roof along Sanahie Trace, Mohess Road, Penal. One home was also flooded in the area.
Based on the concentration of roof damage reports, as these showers dissipated, they produced a downburst in the area.
According to Councillor for the Barrackpore West, Nicholas Kanhai, “Eight Homes in Barrackpore West were severely affected by the freak storm that happened just after lunch today.”
The areas reportedly affected are Panoo Trace, Digity Village, Laltoo Trace, Sanahie Branch Trace, Harewood Trace, Digity Trace & Mohess Road.
He continued, “There were no casualties. However the homes were damaged and mattresses, clothes, appliances, and furniture were soaked. The Disaster Management Unit at the PDRC will provide temporary aid to these residents.”
April is the transition month between the Dry Season and the Wet Season, typically bringing increased showers dubbed “April Showers” in Trinidad and Tobago. These showers are more frequent but retain the brevity of the typical dry season showers.
Today, moisture ahead of an approaching surface to low-level trough streamed across Trinidad and Tobago. With our mostly sunny start to the day and generally gentle breeze across the country, conditions became favorable by midday through the early afternoon for showers.
Heavy showers developed across Western Trinidad due to effects from sea breeze convergence, fuelled by the low-level moisture already in place across the island.
These showers were capped to low-levels of the atmosphere but still packed a punch with gusty winds affecting areas like Freeport and Southwestern Trinidad.
These showers produced rainfall rates that were heavy (>7.6 millimeters per hour) to violent (>50 millimeters per hour), with rainfall rates in Freeport recorded up to 134.11 millimeters per hour.