A National Weather Service chart from Friday showing Tropical Storm Gonzalo’s projected path.

Kalain Hosein

Tropical Storm Gonzalo, though still battling with dry air and Saharan dust, will bring gusty winds and heavy rainfall to both Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday, with Tobago experiencing tropical storm conditions.

As of Friday night, Gonzalo had sustained winds of 65 km/h with higher gusts, moving toward the west near 30 km/h. The system is forecast to continue moving westward to west-northwestward and is expected to make a direct hit across Central Tobago Saturday afternoon.

Gonzalo remains a small tropical cyclone, with tropical-storm-force winds extending 35 kilometres out from the center. For comparison, that is approximately the distance from Grand Bazaar, Valsayn to Gasparillo.

Tobago is under a Tropical Storm Warning (Orange Level) from 8 am to 8 pm Saturday. From Saturday morning, citizens can expect periods of heavy to intense showers and thunderstorms and heavy/intense downpours can result in street/flash flooding.

The T&T Meteorological Service (TTMS) also warned that gusty winds in excess of 85 km/h and a high risk of landslides in elevated areas can be expected.

Across Trinidad, an Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) is in effect from 11 am to 8 pm Saturday. Heavy showers and thunderstorms are forecast during the alert period, which may lead to street/flash flooding and landslides in flood-prone and landslide-prone areas. Gusty winds in excess of 65 km/h are also possible along with heavy showers.

With strong winds forecast across the area, the TTMS has also issued a Hazardous Seas Alert (Yellow Level) for the eastern and northern coastal waters of Trinidad and all coastal waters of Tobago through 2 am Sunday. Sea conditions are forecast to become rough to very rough, with waves up to and in excess of four metres, particularly around the coastlines of Tobago.

Gonzalo will move out of the area late Saturday and affect the remainder of the southern Windwards Saturday night. Tropical storm warnings are also in effect for Grenada and its dependencies and St Vincent and the Grenadines.