The weather system is now less than 700 kilometres from Trinidad and Tobago and packing sustained winds of up to 65 kilometres per hour. The Met office is advising that citizens adopt all measures to preserve life and property.
The Met Office Advisory No. 4 is as follows -
Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and its Dependencies. A Tropical Storm Warning means that Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and its Dependencies can expect Tropical Storm conditions within 12 – 18 hours.
At 8:00am, Monday June 19, 2017, the centre of Potential Tropical Cyclone #2 was located near 8.7ºN latitude 55.7ºW longitude or about 645 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 evening 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 afternoon 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.
Adopt all necessary measures to preserve life and property. The disturbance 8:00am position: 8.7ºN latitude 55.7ºW longitude or about 645 kilometres east-southeast of Trinidad.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service will issue another bulletin at 12:00pm, Monday 19th June, 2017.