Over 50 Gasparillo residents were affected by powerful high winds on Thursday, forcing them to seek alternative lodging after their homes were deemed unsafe.
The wind gusts began blowing through Surprise Avenue, around 12.53 pm before moving onto Peeko Avenue and Rahaman Drive, leaving a trail of destruction.
Residents said the harrowing ordeal began with heavy rain, lightning and thunder and roofs were being rooted out by the wind.
Over at the Gasparillo Secondary School, huge trees had been shredded by the wind, leaving broken tree trunks on the ground.
President of the school’s Parent/Teacher Association Jocele Raymond said a teacher’s car was damaged.
The high winds also affected the Caribbean Airlines hangar in Piarco.
in a media release, confirmed high winds associated with the early afternoon thunderstorms displaced “several galvanised sheets on a section of Hangars 9 and 10 at its Piarco base”.
CAL added that there “were no injuries, all personnel were safe, and contractors conducted an on-site assessment and secured the loose sheets.”