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High Wind alert in effect until Friday

A High-Wind Alert (Yellow Level) has been issued for Trinidad and Tobago and offshore marine areas, going into effect at 8:00 AM Wednesday, June 14th, 2023, and remain in effect through 2:00 PM Friday, June 16th, 2023.

According to the TTMS, “There is a high (70%) potential for gusts in excess of 55km/h especially in the vicinity of showers. Gusts may be brief but are capable of displacing unsecured roofs and loose outdoor objects. Marine craft can be adversely impacted by these strong winds and visibility may be extremely low during dusk and dawn. Wind waves occasionally near 2.5m are also expected.”

The color of the alert indicates the severity of the event and the probability of the event occurring. Currently, the alert level is Yellow. This means that the hazard is likely, but the severity of impacts is moderate for this particular alert. You should be aware of the dangers in your area associated with gusty winds in excess of 55 KM/H.

These include the toppling of potted plants and light objects outdoors falling over or becoming airborne. Larger but weaker trees may fall, causing roof damage or downing power lines and utility poles. Unsecured roofs may be damaged. Winds may increase the speed of spread of bushfires. These strong winds are forecast to agitate seas and reduce visibility in marine areas.

There is the potential for possible injuries for a moderate High-Wind Alert behavioral changes are required to ensure safety. There may be minor property damage, with income-earning temporarily disrupted, and a couple of communities are affected.

The Met Office advises the public to secure loose items and livestock, take all necessary precautions, and monitor weather conditions and updates from official sources. In addition, small craft operators should be on the alert for above normal or choppy sea conditions in strong winds, and all beachgoers should follow the instructions of lifeguards.