Monday, February 19, 2018

All schools closed on Tuesday

...some to be used as emergency shelters

Children brace the weather as they walk in the rain in Retrench Village, San Fernando, on Monday. -Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

SOME parts of Trinidad are already experiencing torrential thundershowers and gusty winds.

The bad weather is coming from the leading edge of the approaching system.

This as the Meteorological Services of Trinidad and Tobago issues tropical Storm Warning No 5, and the Education Ministry issues a statement confirming the closure of all schools on Tuesday.


Education Minister Anthony Garcia said the decision was taken based on the fact that Government Secondary schools are being used as emergency centres. He said, "We also need to ensure the safety of all our students and people who operate our schools. So we are keeping all schools closed tomorrow."


He said CSEC and CAPE examinations were completed last week.


The Met Office is saying that T&T, Grenada and its dependencies can expect tropical storm conditions within 9 to 15 hours.

At 11a.m. Monday, the centre of potential tropical cyclone No 2 was located 525 kilometres east south-east of Trinidad.

It is moving at about 41 kilometres per hour. It is expected to continue on a westward track over the next 48 hours, during which it is forecast to intensify. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 kilometres per hour with higher gusts.

Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and its dependencies will be exposed to tropical storm conditions from Monday evening into Tuesday, says the Met Office.

In Tobago, the Tobago Emergency management Agency has taken the decision to close schools on Tuesday, while The THA will be closing offices and asking only essential services to report for duty.

On Saturday, strong winds accompanied  by heavy rainfall took the roof off a house at St John's Road, Tabaquite and felled a tree in Indian Walk, damaging a home and vehicle.

No similar decision has yet been taken in Trinidad.