Potential tropical cyclone moves closer to Trinidad and Tobago

Photo courtesy TT Met Office -
Photo courtesy TT Met Office -

The Meteorological Service has issued Tropical Storm Warning #6 at Orange Level.

It is warning the public that potential tropical cyclone two continues to move towards TT, and the full effect will be felt at 8 pm on Tuesday, and continue until 5 pm on Wednesday.

The warning said as of 8 am on Tuesday, the centre of the cyclone was located near 9.5 degrees north latitude, 56.5 degrees west longitude or about 530 kilometres east of Trinidad.

The system is moving toward the west near 23 miles per hour (37 km/h), and a westward or west-north-westward motion is expected for the next few days. On the forecast track, the system will pass near or over portions of the southern Windward Islands tonight.

A tropical storm warning means that storm conditions are likely over the warning area within 36 hours. Periods of heavy to intense showers and/or thunderstorms are likely, which can result in rainfall accumulations in excess of 100 millimetres.

Gusty winds in excess of 70km/h can be expected. These wind gusts are capable of breaking tree branches, displacing unsecured roofs and loose outdoor objects, and can even topple over unhealthy trees. The risk of landslides/landslips is likely in areas so prone, and sea conditions can become occasionally rough.

The Met Office said people should prepare to protect lives, livelihood, and property.

“Plan your evacuation to a shelter if it becomes necessary. Always have emergency supplies of food and water on standby. Secure loose outdoor items and livestock. Do not wade or drive through flood waters. Pre-position sandbags if your area floods and monitor river levels. Follow the instructions of government officials.”

For more information: www.metoffice.gov.tt/ ; www.odpm.gov.tt, and the social media pages of the Met Office and the ODPM.


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