The Met Office has warned that sea conditions are expected to become rough Saturday with waves reaching up to 4 metres around coastlines of Tobago and to a lesser extent, around the north and eastern coasts of Trinidad.
This is as a result of the passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo.
It is advising citizens to monitor sea conditions and exercise extreme caution, especially during the alert period. All are asked to heed the instructions of lifeguards and be on the alert for dangerous currents. Coastal and offshore waters north and east of Trinidad and to a greater extent around Tobago.
This comes after the Tropical Storm Watch for Tobago has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning.
As at 11:00 pm today, Friday (24th) July 2020, the centre of weak TS Gonzalo was located near 10.0 N 57.1 W and moving westward at 28 km/h.
Tropical Storm conditions are expected to affect Tobago from the morning of Saturday(25th) July 2020. Periods of heavy to intense showers and/or thunderstorms are likely. Heavy/intense downpours can result in street/flash flooding.
Gusty winds in excess of 85 km/hr can be expected and the risk of landslides/landslips is very high in areas so prone. Sea conditions are also likely to become occasionally rough. An update will be at 2:00 am Saturday 25th July 2020 or earlier if the situation warrants.
In Trinidad there is a high (70%) chance of heavy showers or thunderstorms during the period, which may lead to street/flash flooding as well as landslides/landslips in areas so prone. Gusty winds in excess of 65km/h can also be experienced in the vicinity of heavy downpours. This event is related to instability associated with the passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo.
The Met Office is also advising Tobagonians to take immediate actions to protect their lives, livelihoods, and property. Stock up on food, water, and medicine for at least 7 days in waterproof containers. Secure loose outdoor objects and trim tree branches near your home. Prepare and pre-position sandbags if your area floods.