Met Office says storm nearer…urges persons to prepare

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Met Office says storm nearer…urges persons to prepare

The Met Office has released its latest update regarding the Troppical Storm Warning facing T&T.

According to Met office, at 8:00 am this morning, the centre of Potential Tropical Cyclone Two was located near about 530 km East of Trinidad.

The system is moving toward the west near 37 km/h, and on the forecast track, the system will pass near or over portions of the southern Windward Islands tonight.

As a result, Trinidad and Tobago remains under a Tropical Storm Warning.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that periods of heavy to intense showers and/or thunderstorms are likely, which can result in rainfall accumulations in excess of 100 mm.

Gusty winds in excess of 70km/h can be expected.

These wind gusts are capable of breaking tree branches, displacing unsecured roofs and loose outdoor objects, and can even topple over unhealthy trees.

The risk of landslides/landslips is likely in areas so prone and sea conditions can become occasionally rough.

The Met Office has advised persons to take several precautions ahead of the adverse weather system.

These include:

  • Prepare to protect lives, livelihood, and property.
  • Plan your evacuation to a shelter if it becomes necessary.
  • Always have emergency supplies of food and water on standby.
  • Secure loose outdoor items and livestock.
  • Do not wade or drive through flood waters.
  • Pre-position sandbags if your area floods and monitor river levels.
  • Follow the instructions of Government Officials.