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Monday 3 August, 2020

Tobago under Tropical Storm Watch

Tobago has been placed on Tropical Storm watch ahead of the passage of Tropical Sorm Gonzalo.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said Thursday afternoon that a Tropical Storm Watch - Yellow Level has been issued for Tobago from Saturday July 25 from 8 am to 8 pm. 

'A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Tobago. As at 2pm today, the centre of TS Gonzalo is located near 9.7N 48.8W.'

'Tropical Storm conditions are expected to affect Tobago from the morning of Saturday, July 25 2020.'

'Periods of heavy to intense showers and/or thunderstorms are likely. Heavy/intense downpours can result in street/flash flooding.

'Gusty winds in excess of 85 km/hr can be expected and the risk of landslides/landslips is very high in areas so prone.'

'Sea conditions are also likely to become occasionally rough.'

The Met Office said Trinidad is not likely to be directly affected by Gonzalo but may experience heavy showers and thundershowers:

'Current analyses indicate that with the small size of the storm (35 radial km wind extent) and with the given trajectory, the storm is not expected to  directly impact Trinidad.'

'Heavy showers and thunderstorms are still however expected to affect Trinidad however because of the environment created around the system.'

Grenada and its dependencies have also been placed under a Tropical Storm Watch.

The Met Office said Grenada and its dependencies have also been issued a Tropical Storm Watch.

The US National Hurricane Center said in a 5 pm update Thursday that the center of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was moving toward the west at near 13 miles per hour (20 km/h). 

'A westward to west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected through the weekend.'

'On the forecast track, the center of Gonzalo will approach the southern Windward Islands Friday night and move across the islands Saturday and Saturday evening.'

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two, and there is still a chance that Gonzalo could become a hurricane. 

Weakening is expected after Gonzalo moves into the Caribbean Sea.

Tobagonians are urged to protect lives, livelihood and property. Prepare a survival kit and evacuation routes to a shelter if it becomes necessary.

Always have emergency supplies of food and water on standby.

Follow the instructions of Government Officials.

For more information visit: www.odpm.gov.tt

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