Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Storm warning No. 3

..Met Office says system forecast to intensify

The weather system east of Trinidad and Tobago at 5a.m on Monday.

A Third Tropical Storm warning was issued at daybreak today for Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and its dependencies. The countries can expect tropical storm conditions within 18 to 24 hours, which means the bad weather will hit some time during Monday night into Tuesday morning.

According to the bulletin from the Meteorological Services of Trinidad and Tobago, At 5a.m on Monday, the centre of Potential Tropical Cyclone #2 was located near 8.4N latitude 54.5W longitude or about 1005 kilometres east-southeast of Trinidad.

A Potential Tropical Cyclone refers to a disturbance that has not yet become a tropical cyclone, but which poses the threat of bringing tropical storm or hurricane conditions to land areas within 48 hours. Potential Tropical Cyclone #2 is moving to the west at about 37 km/hr.

The disturbance is expected to continue on west-northwest track over the next 48 hours during which it is forecast to intensify as environmental conditions are conducive for strengthening.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65km/hr with higher gusts. Minimum central pressure is 1005mb. Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and its Dependencies will therefore be mostly exposed to Tropical Storm conditions from Monday night into Tuesday.

The disturbance is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 50 to 125mm over Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and its Dependencies from Monday night through Tuesday. Gusty winds and street/flash flooding are likely in areas of heavy showers or thundershowers. The possibility of landslides/landslips exists. Sea conditions are also anticipated to become very disturbed which will adversely affect marine and coastline interests.

Citizens and all concerned are advised to closely follow the directions and advise of their Disaster Emergency Managers at this time. Adopt all necessary measures to preserve life and property.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service will issue another bulletin at noon.