Brace for more showers today
Acting Chief Meteorologist at Piarco Arlene Aaron-Morrison has said while there is no threat of a tropical storm over T&T, citizens should brace for early morning and mid-day to afternoon showers today. Tobago will also experience a measure of cloudiness and the possibility of thundershowers.
Asked about today’s forecast, Aaron-Morrison said: “We may have early morning showers and mid-day to afternoon showers. The Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is going to be around. The atmosphere will continue to be moist and unstable. It may not be widespread. But we will have patches all over. Tobago is under the ITCZ and even Grenada (south of Barbados).”
She also predicted instances of street and flash flooding.
Aaron-Morrison added: “In heavy showers, we are going to get street and flash flooding. It could happen in one area, but the area is left to be seen. Some areas may get the same amount of rainfall but it may not be as severe. Environmental conditions like the area’s slope or its shape and land use might affect flooding. It may have street flooding and a little surface run-off under the same conditions.”
Among the areas which experienced heavy rainfall yesterday were parts of northern and western Trinidad.
A release from the Met Office urged citizens to be vigilant and cautious while conducting their daily activities and pay attention to daily weather forecasts issued at 6 am and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.
Meanwhile, a release from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), as the lead co-ordinator of emergency management, has put the first responder agencies (Fire Service, Defence Force and the municipal corporations) on alert so immediate assistance can be rendered if any adverse impact occurs. Citizens are urged to contact ODPM’s customer care centre at 511 or visit ODPM’s Facebook page and website for more information on how to prepare for and respond to flooding and landslides.
Tips during bad weather
• Be extra vigilant and cautious at this time
• Elevate valuables and place important documents in sealed containers or bags
• Look out for collapsed pavements and fallen rocks
• Do not walk/drive through flood waters