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Update: Hazardous Seas alert discontinued

Update January 17, 2020, 2.00 pm:

A Hazardous Sea alert which was issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has been discontinued. 

According to an update issued Friday afternoon, the Met Office said conditions have lessened and the level has been reduced to green.

"Low-level winds have weakened, improving sea conditions. Based on official reports, the sea state is now moderate, with wave heights of 2.0m to 2.5m in open waters," the Met Office said. 

The Met Office advised that the public should still be cautious when entering the sea and should follow the instructions of lifeguards.

 

Update January 15, 2020 

Seas around Trinidad and Tobago continue to be rough as a Hazardous Seas alert has again been extended to Friday afternoon.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said in an update Thursday that although the strength of low-level winds has decreased, waves are still reaching up to three metres (10 feet) in open waters based on numerous reports.

The Met Office said rough sea conditions are expected to continue until January 17, 2020. 

The public is advised to monitor sea conditions and exercise caution in coastal and offshore waters.

The public is advised to avoid entering the sea if unnecessary, to be alert for large waves and dangerous currents and to follow the instructions of lifeguards.

For the latest updates, follow the Met Office via its social media channels. 

 

Update January 15, 2020, 3.02 pm: 

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has extended its Hazardous Seas alert to Thursday.

In an update shared Wednesday, the Met Office said the Yellow Level alert was extended to 2.00 pm Thursday, January 16, 2020 and applies to the coastal and offshore waters around Tobago and North and East of Trinidad.

The Met Office said moderate low-level winds are continuing to agitate sea conditions with waves reaching up to 3.0 m to 3.5 metres in open waters. Rough sea conditions are expected to continue until Thursday 16th January 2020.

The public is advised to avoid entering the sea if necessary and exercise caution in coastal and offshore waters, and also to be on the alert for large waves and dangerous currents.

The public is advised to monitor sea conditions and follow the instructions of lifeguards.

More information: https://www.metoffice.gov.tt/, www.odpm.gov.tt

 

Update January 10, 2020, 10.17 am:

Waves as high as 3.5 metres (11.5 feet) have been seen in open waters as a Hazardous Seas Alert - Yellow Level has been extended until Wednesday.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said in an update Friday that the rough sea conditions were observed on coastlines around Tobago and on the north and east coasts of Trinidad. 

The rough sea conditions are expected to last until Wednesday January 15, 2020.

The Met Office said strong low-level winds are agitating sea conditions with waves reaching up to 3.5 metres in open waters (based on official reports).

The public is advised to monitor sea conditions and exercise caution in coastal and offshore waters. Avoid entering the sea if unnecessary.

Those near the sea are advised to be on the alert for large waves and dangerous currents and to follow the instructions of lifeguards.

The public is advised to continue to monitor official updates from the Met Office via their social media channels. 

 

Original story:

The public is urged to exercise extreme caution due to hazardous seas along the country’s coastlines over the next few days.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service issued a Yellow Alert – Hazardous Seas Alert from Thursday, January 9 at 8.00 pm to Tuesday, January 14 at 2.00 pm, warning of waves reaching up to 10 feet (3.2 metres) in open waters in some areas.

The Met Office said strong low-level winds are expected to agitate sea conditions, mainly around Tobago and to the North and East of Trinidad.

Waves are expected to reach heights between 2.5 metres and 3.2 metres in open waters.

“Exercise caution in coastal and offshore waters. Avoid entering the sea if unnecessary. Be alert for large waves and dangerous currents,” the Met Office said.  

The Met Office advised the public to follow the instructions of lifeguards, monitor sea conditions and follow their social media channels for updates. 

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