ODPM urges caution at seas on Tobago's north coast

The Met Service has updated its Hazardous Seas Alert to yellow. 

The alert is in effect for the northern parts of Tobago for the period Wednesday 12th September, 2018 at 3 pm to Saturday 15th September, 2018 at 12 pm.

Yellow level means there is the potential for negative impacts.

However, the Met Service says damage is avoidable if persons monitor conditions and reduce their level of exposure.

The TTMS has advised that long-period swells are expected to periodically affect nearshore coastal areas of northern parts of Tobago.

Isolated swells may lead to localised disruption to sea bathing and other nearshore coastal activities, particularly during high tide.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), as the lead coordinator of emergency management, has joined the TTMS in advising all sea bathers, fishermen, and small craft operators to carefully monitor nearshore coastal sea conditions and exercise caution along affected areas.

The ODPM says itwould like all residents and visitors near coastal areas of northern parts of Tobago to Get Ready and Stay Ready by implementing the following safety measures:

·       Avoid entering the sea if unnecessary.

·       Be alert for dangerous breaking waves and currents.

·       Follow the instructions of lifeguards.

·       Monitor updates from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS).

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