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Tropical Wave develops East-South East of Windward Islands

Through its 10:15 a.m. Information Bulletin, the TT Meteorological Services has advised that an active tropical wave has developed east-south east of the Windward Islands. There is the possibility that this tropical wave can intensify over the next 24-48 hours. Generally, tropical waves have the potential to cause heavy showers and thundershowers coupled with gusty winds. Street/flash flooding can occur in areas that experience heavy downpour and small river courses may be easily inundated. Landslides are also likely in areas so prone.

The ODPM, as the lead coordinator of emergencies and crises, has already placed the first responder agencies (TT Fire Service, TT Defence Force and the municipal corporations) on alert so that immediate assistance can be rendered to areas that may experience heavy downpour and inundation. The ODPM reminds all citizens that if they have been affected by this inclement weather, they must contact their municipal corporation or 800 6376.

In light of the aforementioned forecast, we underscore the following safety tips:-

  • Continue to remain calm, alert and vigilant
  • Check your home:
    • Clean gutters, downspouts and drains
    • Remove items around the yard that could be picked up by strong winds such as galvanized metal sheets or pieces of wood
    • Check trees in the yard and trim loose or dying branches
  • It’s a good habit to always have all your emergency supplies accessible (medical / First Aid supplies, working flashlight, radio, batteries and bottled water) N.B. Important documents must be protected in a sealed plastic bag
  • If intense rainfall occurs and there is flooding, do not walk or drive through flood waters. Stay inside until water levels have subsided.

Trinidad and Tobago is NOT currently under any Tropical Storm threat, Watch or Warning. This advisory was issued simply to underscore the importance of reviewing all safety and preparedness measures.
The TT Meteorological Services is monitoring this weather condition and will advise the ODPM if there is a drastic change.

Contact:-
Public Information Specialist
Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit
868 640 1285 ext 14240/ publicinformation@odpm.gov.tt

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