Trinidad and Tobago currently is under a Yellow Level Adverse Weather Alert, as the Meteorological Service has advised of the formation of a strong active Tropical Wave, which began to traverse the Eastern Caribbean, this morning.

The Alert went into effect at 7:00 AM and will remain in effect through 6:00 PM Tuesday.

Lightning strikes are occurring in the east. Heavy showers already have been reported in Tobago, while Trinidad is cloudy/overcast with light to moderate showers in some areas. Gusty winds in excess of 60 km/hr and street/flash flooding may accompany heavy showers or thunderstorms. In addition, landslips and landslides may occur in areas so prone.

The Met Service says periods of heavy showers and thunderstorm activity is expected in varying locations across both islands today, but improved weather conditions are forecast for later this evening.

This active tropical wave, INVEST 92L, is also being monitored by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) for tropical cyclone development. At 8:00 AM, the NHC has given this tropical wave a high chance of tropical cyclone formation, near 80% over the next 48 hours and 90% over the next 5 days.

This tropical wave does not have well defined center, needed to classify it as a tropical storm, but its already producing winds near tropical-storm-force strength.

In their Tropical Weather Outlook, the NHC states, “Regardless of development, locally heavy rain is likely across portions of the Lesser Antilles beginning later today and continuing through Wednesday, especially in the Leeward Islands.”

“These conditions will spread westward to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Wednesday night and Thursday. Interests on these islands should continue to monitor the progress of this system and tropical storm watches or warnings could be required for portions of the area later today.”