Tuesday 18 September, 2018

Met Office: High chance of heavy showers after midnight on Saturday

Photo courtesy the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service.

Photo courtesy the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is warning the public that there is a high (70 percent) chance of heavy showers and/or thunderstorms after midnight on Saturday due to a passing tropical wave.

In an update on Friday afternoon, the Met Office extended an adverse weather alert to 4:00 pm on Saturday, saying rainy conditions could begin from Friday evening with a high chance of heavy showers and thunderstorms after midnight on Saturday.

“The passage of a Tropical Wave will result in increasing cloudiness during the afternoon of Friday 17th August 2018, with showers and possible thunderstorms developing in western parts of Trinidad. A decrease in rainfall is expected by the evening into the night however, there is a high (70%) chance of heavy showers/ thunderstorms developing after midnight (Saturday 18th August 2018). Some rainfall may be heavy at times and this can compound the situation in areas that remain waterlogged from the previous rainfall event. Gusty winds and street/flash flooding can accompany heavy downpours and landslips/landslides are possible in areas so prone.”

 

The Met Office warned that waterlogged areas already impacted by flooding, such as Barataria, Caparo, Barrackpore, parts of Claxton Bay and others, could be particularly impacted in the advent of more heavy rainfall.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is warning citizens to be on the alert and take precautions beforehand.

“The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), calls on all citizens, especially those persons recently impacted by flooding and landslips to be extra vigilant during periods of heavy rainfall and gusty winds.”

Citizens are reminded to keep the emergency numbers for the various Disaster Management Units handy as well as their regional corporations and local councillors.

If you are in need of assistance, citizens are reminded to contact their respective Municipal Corporation. The Municipal Corporations are in constant communication with the ODPM.  The ODPM stands ready to support the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government in providing relief and assistance to those that may be affected,” the ODPM said.

The ODPM said the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government is also working closely with the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services to ensure both physical and emotional relief can be provided to persons impacted, in a timely manner.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) would like citizens to Get Ready and Stay Ready by implementing the following steps:

1. Pre-position sandbags around your property, especially if your area or property has a history of flooding;

2. Reduce your risk of tree damage by cutting weak tree branches, along with branches that are positioned over structures;

3. Place important personal documents, valuables and vital medical supplies into a waterproof bag or container in an accessible location;

4. If there are signs that flooding is about to occur near your property, move important items to a higher floor if possible;

5. After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided;

6. Do not walk, play or drive through flood waters of unknown depth and current;

7. If impacted by the adverse weather please contact your Municipal Corporation or the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) through its toll-free hotline numbers;

8. Protect yourself and family members from contaminants in flood waters. Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during clean-up of the affected area. Wear rubber-soled, closed-toe shoes (no flip-flops!), long-sleeves, and full-length pants while cleaning your property after a flood.

“The ODPM remains committed to comprehensive disaster risk management across Trinidad and Tobago, and a key component of this is Preparedness. Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. Emergencies can happen without warning. Having an emergency plan and safety supplies in advance can help you feel more secure and calm prior to adverse weather announcements,” the ODPM said.

To learn more about emergency preparedness visit http://www.odpm.gov.tt/sites/default/files/Disaster%20Checklist.pdf

The Met Office said Trinidad and Tobago is not under the threat of any tropical storm, watch or warning.

A list of the various Disaster Management Unit hotlines can be found below:

 

REGIONAL CORPORATION HOTLINE NUMBERS

Diego Martin Regional Corporation: 800-DMRC (3672)

San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation: 800-SLRC (7572)

Arima Borough Corporation: 800-2ABC (2222)

Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation: 800-TPRC (8272)

Port-of-Spain City Corporation: 800-PSCC (7722)

Sangre Grande Regional Corporation: 800-SGRC (7472)

Chaguanas Borough Corporation: 800-DCBC (3222)

Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation: 800-CTTC (2882)

Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation: 800-4MRC (4672)

Princes Town Regional Corporation: 800-PTRC (7872)

Point Fortin Borough Corporation: 800-PFBC (7322)

San Fernando City Corporation: 800-SCDU (7238)

Penal/Debe Regional Corporation: 800-PDRC (7372)

Siparia Regional Corporation: 800-4SRC (4772)

 

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