An Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) has been issued for Trinidad and Tobago and surrounding marine areas, going into effect at 11:00 PM on Tuesday.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) says the alert will remain effective through 4:00 PM Tuesday.
According to the TTMS, "Rainfall and showers of varying intensities are expected overnight tonight (Tuesday 26th) into tomorrow (Wednesday 27th), with a 60% to 70% (medium to high) chance of thunderstorm activity. Gusty winds in excess of 55km/hr are likely especially near heavier showers or thunderstorms. IMPACTS: Isolated flash floods, localized street flooding and ponding can cause temporary traffic disruptions and landslips are possible in areas so prone. Gusty winds can lead to broken tree branches and loose/unsecured items being displaced. Seas can become agitated due to strong winds.”
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 likely, but the severity of impacts is moderate for this particular alert. You should be aware of the hazards in your area associated with gusty winds in excess of 55 KM/H, street and flash flooding as well as landslides.
There is the potential for possible injuries for a moderate Adverse Weather Alert, where behavioral changes are required to ensure safety. There may be minor property damage, with income-earning temporarily disrupted, and a couple of communities are affected.
The Met Office advises the public to secure loose items and livestock, take all necessary precautions, and monitor weather conditions and updates from official sources.
Tonight's latest official forecast for Trinidad and Tobago from the TTMS calls for “sunny, hazy and breezy despite brisk showery interruptions at times. There is the low (30%) chance of the heavier shower or isolated thunderstorm favoring Southern Trinidad during the day. Partly cloudy night with showers developing near midnight. Gusty winds and street flooding likely near heavy showers or thunderstorms. There is a significant concentration of Saharan dust present in the atmosphere. Persons who are sensitive to this change in air quality should take the necessary precautions.”