Adverse weather incoming, country under alert - EntornoInteligente /

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

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