Sunday 18 November, 2018

Hazardous seas: Waves to batter T&T's coastlines

The Meteorological Service (Met Office) has warned of long period swells generated by Tropical Storm Isaac, which are expected to affect northern and sheltered near-shore coastal areas.

While the Tropical Storm weakened on Wednesday morning, Isaac is tracking westward toward the Caribbean. The National Hurricane Centre noted that life-threatening flash flooding is possible with Isaac.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe, while watches were in effect for Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, and Saba and St. Eustatius.

The Met Office in a Hazardous Seas Alert on Wednesday advised that effects on T&T will be in the form of occasional battering waves which can lead to localised disruption to sea bathing and other nearshore coastal activities.

Sea bathers, fishermen, and small craft operators are advised to carefully monitor nearshore coastal sea conditions and exercise caution along affected areas.

The Met Office further advised against entering the sea if unnecessary.

Citizens are asked to be on alert for dangerous breaking waves and currents, follow the instructions of lifeguards and monitor official news sources. 


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