Reports of flooding across many parts of Trinidad this morning, as heavy showers accompanied by lighting and thunder pounded the island over the past several hours.
And forecasters say expect more showers and flooding for most of today, as the current Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) just south of Trinidad continues to make its presence felt.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) issued a YELLOW Level Adverse Weather Alert at 11:27 am on Tuesday August 17th, which remains in effect all day, until about 6 pm.
As of 8:00 am, flooding has been reported across Penal, Debe, San Fernando, Claxton Bay, Couva, Freeport, Chaguanas, and Diego Martin. Fallen trees have been reported in Sangre Grande, Tabaquite and Maracas.
Guardian Media understands heavy showers and thunderstorms will continue to affect Trinidad, with gusty winds in excess of 55km/hr, frequent lightning, and street/flash flooding likely through the afternoon. Landslides are possible.
Members of the public are advised that Street/flash flooding and localized ponding are likely in heavy downpours.
Given the high possibility of heavy showers and/or thunderstorms and the rapidity with which conditions can change, persons in vulnerable areas prone to flooding and landslides are urged to take as much time as possible to safeguard their personal property and take shelter.
The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government notes that currently, the land is saturated from rainfall over the past few days and the water table remains high. As such, persons living in hilly areas must be alert for landslides.
Those persons living in flood prone areas are urged to contact their respective Municipal Corporations to access sandbags and mitigate the effects of flooding.