Fallen trees and power outages reported across several parts of Tobago

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Fallen trees and power outages reported across several parts of Tobago

Strong winds due to Hurricane Beryl are causing fallen trees and power outages across Tobago.

The Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) said it received eight reports of incidents thus far, owing to the passage of Hurricane Beryl.

The agency’s director Allan Stewart said most of the reports were fallen trees, one of which blocked a major roadway in Arnos Vale. Several branches were scattered across the road in the rural districts as emergency crews responded.

“We also have a fallen tree in the Campbleton area of Charlotteville that is causing a disruption,” he said.

TEMA said it had also received reports of electricity fluctuations in villages on the eastern and northern side of the island, including Concordia, Casatara, L’Anse Fourmi, Belle Garden and Speyside. Fluctuations also were reported in Crown Point and there were reports of power outages in other areas.

Stewart said the weather conditions were intensifying and the eye of the system was located just north-east of Charlotteville, about 18-20 km.

“We can see the kicking up of the winds. They are getting more intense as the system moves further to the west.”

Meanwhile, T&TEC said its emergency call centre remains operational and fully staffed, with additional people assigned to manage the incoming calls.

The commission said it has also activated its emergency response plans and crews have been put on standby to start restoration efforts.

T&TEC urges the public to be extremely cautious and protect themselves from life-threatening danger.

It said main breakers of electrical outlets or connections that have been or are likely to be breached by water should be turned off.

“Do not stand on wet surfaces while handling electrical equipment such as cords, power tools and plugs as this exposes you to shock or electrocution,” the release said.