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 11:00 PM tonight and remain in effect through 2:00 PM Friday 15th October 2021. This alert is in effect for nearshore areas of Tobago as well as northern and western sheltered areas of Trinidad.

According to the TTMS, “Northerly high energy swells are expected to impact nearshore areas along Tobago, northern and western coastlines of Trinidad. These swells can result in higher surfs and occasional battering waves. Conditions can be exacerbated during high tides.”

The colour of the alert indicates the severity of the event and the probability of the event occurring. Currently, the alert level is 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 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 that all marine interests should carefully monitor nearshore coastal sea conditions and exercise caution along affected areas and updates from official sources.

Reporter: Kalain Hosein