Branches from a tree fall from a tree in lord Harris Square on Pembroke Street.

Sharlene Rampersad

As Tropical Storm Elsa continues to move towards the Lesser Antilles, most of Trinidad and Tobago has been experiencing heavy rainfall, with over 1,000 lighting strikes being recorded over the islands in a one-hour span.

According to information from the T&T Weather Centre (TTWC), showers and thunderstorms associated with a band of convection ahead of TS Elsa continue to affect the islands.

The TTWC says between 9 pm and 11 pm, two inches of rainfall had been recorded and street/flash flooding, gusty winds and frequent lightning are likely to continue.

In its 11 pm update on TS Elsa, the National Hurricane Centre said the storm is now a little stronger and moving quickly to the Lesser Antilles.

In its 8 pm update, the NHC said TS Elsa had wind speeds up to 44 km/hr with maximum sustained winds up to 75 km/hr. At 11 pm, the maximum sustained winds had increased to near 85 km/hr and TS Elsa is expected to continue gaining strength over the next 12 to 24 hours.

It was about 420 km east of Barbados at 11 pm and Tropical Storm warnings remain in place for Barbados, Martinique, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Tropical storm watches remain in place for Grenada and its dependencies, the southern and western coasts of Haiti from the southern border of the Dominican Republic, the southern coast of the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

The NHC says a Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. The NHC says a Tropical Storm Watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within the area. In the case of TS Elsa, the NHC says these conditions are possible within 36 hours.