Wednesday 22 May, 2019

Long period swells to batter coastlines for another week

Long period northerly swells are expected to peak on Friday as the marine event continues to affect mostly the northern coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Meteorological Service (Met Office) on Friday advised, however, that the swells are forecast to continue affecting coastlines for at least the next week.

The effects of the swells are in the form of large breaking waves, and while these swells are mainly affecting nearshore activity, general sea conditions are not rough.

Long-period swells are usually low amplitude but as they approach shallow waters, the wave heights increase sharply leading to battering waves and localised disruption to sea bathing and nearshore coastal activity.

Conditions along affected shorelines will be aggravated due to spring tides and are expected to worsen during high tide.

Those residing along coastal areas, the fishing community, and all citizens, are asked to be on the alert for these sea conditions.

The Met Office stressed that all necessary measures must be taken to preserve life and property. 

 Small craft operators, sea bathers and all other marine interests are advised to exercise extra caution in any sea related activities.

The Met Office said it is closely monitoring this swell event and will issue an update as the situation warrants.

 

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