Wednesday 14 November, 2018

Met Office: More rain, flooding until Sunday

Citizens are being warned to brace for heavy rains and possible flooding, expected to last until late Sunday.

In an Adverse Weather Alert Orange issued by the T&T Meteorological Service (Met Office) at 10 am, citizens were advised of continued showers and thunderstorm activity, which can lead to flash or riverine flooding and landslides and landslips in areas so prone.

The alert, the second to be issued in the past 24 hours, is expected to end at 8 pm on Sunday. 

The Met Office said current weather conditions are due to an active Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) which continues to produce periods of rain and showers.

The Met Office further advised that gusty winds may accompany heavy downpours.

In an updated weather forecast, the Met Office advised that cloudy to overcast conditions are expected with periods of showers or rain occurring in most areas. Thunderstorms are expected in few areas.

Slight improvement is expected by nightfall but some cloudiness and showers will still linger overnight.

Citizens are advised to plan their emergency response to safeguard life and property, and pre-position sandbags if your area floods.

Meanwhile, a riverine flood alert has been issued as river levels are significantly high and are expected to rise further with more rainfall forecast to continue well into the weekend.

Riverine flooding occurs when rivers burst their banks and spill onto surrounding areas.

This type of flooding is widespread and lasts for several days. 


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