Saturday, February 24, 2018

Heavy showers as Rafael swipes T&T


OUT IN THE FIELD: Kyana Bowen, left, of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), looks on as Mersha Seaton of REACT interviews La Horquette Road resident Ayoola Patrick during the ODPM's Communities Ready and Organised for Emergencies (CORE) initiative at Glencoe yesterday. —Photo: ANISTO ALVES

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ON THE MOVE: This NOAA satellite image taken yesterday at 10.45 a.m. EDT shows Post Tropical Depression Patty over the Bahamas that will bring scattered rain showers to the islands. Tropical Storm Rafael is over the eastern Caribbean moving northward over Puerto Rico with maximum winds of 40 mph. —Photo: AP

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EVEN as Tropical Storm Rafael moved away from Trinidad and Tobago, the effects of the large slow-moving weather system were still being felt in the country up to late yesterday.

Last Friday there were reports of flooding in East Trinidad areas such as Sangre Grande, Tacarigua and St Augustine.

South and Central Trinidad experienced heavy rains and gusty winds last Friday night.

During the early hours of yesterday, several areas in Trinidad and Tobago received torrential showers but this did not lead to flooding.

By 11 a.m. yesterday Tropical Storm Rafael was located near Latitude 15.9 N, Longitude 64.1W or approximately 215 kilometres south-southeast of St Croix.

The tropical storm is currently moving north-northwest at 15 km/hr and this general motion is expected to continue through until tomorrow.

The Meteorological Services said yesterday, "Maximum sustained winds within Rafael are near 65mph with higher gusts."

Between last night and today cloudy to overcast conditions slowly cleared and today not much precipitation is expected over either Trinidad or Tobago.

Tobago was spared significant damage yesterday even though heavy winds and rain pounded the island.

Four reports were received about damage, including a tree falling on the home of Allyson Henry at Mason Hall and on the home of Aloma Orr of Betsy's Hope.

The downstairs section of the home of Sherry Ann Joefield at Cinnamon Hill was flooded, leaving slush and mud behind.

At Bacolet Gardens a tree fell across the roadway.

A combined effort by members of the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Tobago Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and officials of the Division of Infrastructure and Public Utilities assisted in clean-up operations across the sister island.