A map illustrating the extent of the alert for both islands, which was issued by the Met Service today, Friday 25 February 2022. (Image courtesy TTMS)
KALAIN HOSEIN

An Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) has been issued for Trinidad and Tobago, going into effect at 6:00 PM on Friday.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) says the alert will remain effective through 5:00 PM Saturday.

According to the TTMS:

“There is a high (70%) chance of brisk isolated heavy showers/thunderstorms with accompanying gusty winds in excess of 55km/hr. These wind gusts will be brief but are capable of breaking tree branches, displacing unsecured roofs and loose outdoor objects, and can even topple over unhealthy trees. Street flooding is also likely in heavy downpours and seas can become additionally agitated in strong winds.”

The colour 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 during a moderate Adverse Weather Alert, where behavioural 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 Service advises the public to secure loose items and livestock, take all necessary precautions, and monitor weather conditions and updates from official sources. In addition, small craft operators should be on the alert for above normal or choppy sea conditions in strong winds.

Tonight’s forecast, as of 10:00 AM Friday from the TTMS, calls for:

“Cloudy conditions with occasional showers and periods of light rain. A few of these showers will become heavy at times, with the low chance of an isolated thunderstorm.”