A Hazardous Seas Alert (Yellow Level) has been issued for Trinidad and Tobago.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) says the alert will go into effect at 2:00 PM Thursday and remain in effect through 2:00 PM Saturday 8th January 2022. This alert is in effect for nearshore areas of Tobago, northern and eastern coastal areas of Trinidad, and western coastal/sheltered areas of Trinidad.

According to the TTMS, “Northerly high energy swells are expected to impact near-shore areas along Tobago as early as Thursday (6th) afternoon and gradually encroach on the Northern and Western coastal areas of Trinidad. These swells can result in battering waves at coastal regions and can be exacerbated during high tides. These conditions are expected to persist until Saturday (8th) afternoon.

The color 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 dangers in your area associated with large, battering waves.

For a moderate Hazardous Seas Alert, there is the potential for possible injuries, where behavioral 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 that all marine interests should carefully monitor nearshore coastal sea conditions, exercise caution along affected areas, and updates from official sources.

Reporter: Kalain Hosein