Sunday 20 October, 2019

Update: Met Office reverts to yellow level after passage of TS Karen

Photo: Satellite imagery courtesy the NOAA, shows the position of Tropical Storm Karen around 12.00 pm on Sunday September 22, 2019.

Photo: Satellite imagery courtesy the NOAA, shows the position of Tropical Storm Karen around 12.00 pm on Sunday September 22, 2019.

Update September 23, 2019:

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has reverted its adverse weather alert to yellow, following the passage of Tropical Storm Karen.

In an update on Monday, the Met Office said there was a medium chance of showers (60 percent), which could result in street/flash flooding.

The Met Office said land surfaces are still relatively saturated which increases the likelihood of flooding as well as landslides/landslips in areas so prone.

Gusts in excess of 55km/h are also possible near heavy showers and thunderstorms. River levels are also relatively high and are being monitored.

Red Alert for riverine flooding remains in effect.

 

Update September 22, 2019:

The country is now on Red Alert as an approaching tropical wave has developed into Tropical Storm Karen.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service upgraded its adverse weather alert to Red Level after the system developed into a tropical storm between Saturday night and Sunday morning. 

The country's Disaster Management Units are on the alert, and emergency responders are on standby. 

Flash flooding has been reported in Tobago, with parts of Scarborough under water, according to video footage shared via social media. 

The citizens in flood-prone areas are advised to take measures to protect their property and loved ones. 

Here's a list of emergency hotlines:

Disaster Management Units:

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)

ODPM: 511

TEMA (Tobago Emergency Management Agency): 211

Coast Guard: 634-4440

Ambulance: 811

This is a developing story; please refresh the page for updates. 

 

Update September 21, 2019:

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has increased its adverse weather alert to Orange Level, ahead of an approaching tropical wave.

The Met Office said in an update Saturday that adverse weather may begin from as early as Sunday at 6.00 am, ending on Monday at 8.00 pm.

Citizens in flood-prone areas are urged to take measures to protect their property and loved ones.

Disaster Management Units:

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)

ODPM: 511

TEMA (Tobago Emergency Management Agency): 211

Coast Guard: 634-4440

 

Update September 20, 2019: 

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued a Yellow Level adverse weather alert from Sunday at 6.00 am, ahead of an approaching tropical wave. 

In an update to its website on Friday, the Met Office said the alert was issued from Sunday 6.00 am until Monday 8.00 pm with a 40 to 60 percent chance of heavy to intense showers and/or thunderstorms.

"There is medium (40-60%) chance of heavy to intense showers and/or thunderstorms developing from Sunday morning. Significant rainfall will continue into Monday. Heavy/intense downpours will lead to street/flash flooding. Gusty winds in excess of 65 km/hr can be expected. The risk of landslides/landslips is very high in areas so prone."

The Met Office urged residents in flood-prone areas to take preparations to safeguard life and property, and to create a safety plan in case of emergencies. 

The public is urged to follow the Met Office for official updates.

Original story:

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said it is monitoring an approaching tropical wave which is due to pass over or near Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday. 

In a statement to social media, the Met Office said that the chance of tropical cyclone development remains low, however, citizens should remain prepared just in case. 

 

The Met Office said adverse weather is due to affect the islands between Sunday and Monday.

"Reinforcing what was said in recent posts. The TTMS continues to monitor a tropical wave (Currently near 46W) that is expected to cause a significant rainfall event between Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd."

"The chance of tropical cyclone development remains low, however persons should be prepared in the event that changes occur."

"If you live in flood-prone areas or areas susceptible to landslides, make sure you have an emergency plan in place and supplies available in case of an emergency. Subsequent updates will be done during the day, as more data is analyzed."

The Met Office assured that the country is not under an alert or tropical storm watch/warning at this time, but there is a possibility that this may change soon.

"Unofficial information is normally widespread during events like these, so we ask that persons follow the official sources of information (TTMS; ODPM; TEMA)," the Met Office said.

Showers earlier this week resulted in flash flooding in parts of north and south Trinidad, with the Diego Martin river breaching its banks in some areas. 

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