An Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) has been issued for Trinidad and Tobago, going into effect at 6:00 PM on Tuesday.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) says the alert will remain effective through 2:00 PM Wednesday.

According to the TTMS, “There is a high (70%) chance of brisk isolated heavy showers/thunderstorms with accompanying gusty winds in excess of 55km/hr. These wind gusts will be brief but are capable of breaking tree branches, displacing unsecured roofs and loose outdoor objects, and can even topple over unhealthy trees. Street flooding is also likely in heavy downpours and seas can become additionally agitated in strong winds.”

The colour of the alert indicates the severity of the event and the probability of the event occurring. Currently, the alert level is at Yellow. This means that the hazard is likely, but the severity of impacts is moderate for this particular alert. You should be aware of the hazards in your area associated with gusty winds in excess of 55 KM/H, street and flash flooding as well as landslides.

There is the potential for possible injuries for a moderate Adverse Weather Alert, where behavioural changes are required to ensure safety. There may be minor property damage, with income-earning temporarily disrupted, and a couple of communities are affected.

The Met Office advises the public to secure loose items and livestock, take all necessary precautions, and monitor weather conditions and updates from official sources. In addition, small craft operators should be on the alert for above normal or choppy sea conditions and strong winds.

Tonight’s latest official forecast for Trinidad and Tobago from the TTMS calls for “Partly cloudy becoming cloudy with light to moderate showers and the low to medium chance of heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms, which can persist into the nighttime. Gusty winds in excess of 54km/hr, street and flash flooding can be expected in areas under heavy showers and thunderstorms.”

Reporter: Kalain Hosein