An area of disturbed weather with medium chances of developing into a tropical cyclone is forecast to move across Trinidad, Tobago and the Southern Windwards this weekend into early next week.
This system is forecast to bring rain, showers, and thunderstorms.
This activity is forecast to produce copious amounts of rainfall beginning by late Saturday, lingering through Tuesday.
An Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) will go into effect 6 am Sunday through 8 pm Monday when the most intense activity is forecast.
This heavy and prolonged rainfall is forecast to trigger street, flash and even possible riverine flooding across Trinidad and Tobago Sunday through Monday.
This heavy rainfall may also be accompanied by gusty winds, at times above 65 kilometres per hour.
Wind gusts at this strength can down trees, utility poles, and lines which may block roads and cause localized power outages.
Roof damage may also occur.
Seas are also forecast to be affected, becoming moderate to rough between late Saturday through early Tuesday, with waves up to 4.0 meters in open waters.
Waves and swells are forecast to batter Northern and Eastern coastlines of Trinidad, posing a threat to mariners and marine interests.
Speaking to Guardian Media, Jerry David, the senior disaster management unit coordinator for the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, he said that all corporations across the country had been placed on alert Friday afternoon.
According to David, corporations were instructed to preposition equipment, vehicles, and supplies to move in a state of readiness as this strong weather system nears T&T.
Although the corporations across Trinidad and Tobago are in a state of readiness, David reiterated that the onus of preparedness is on the individual.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has advised that adequate preparations should be made to safeguard life and property and persons should create a safety plan in case of emergency in their alert.
LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian