Tobago is not currently under any threat from Tropical Storm Elsa, however, Tobagonians, especially the fisherfolk, have been asked to brace for rough seas, heavy rains, landslides and flash flooding as the storm makes its way pass the twin island.
Director of the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) Allan Stewart said based on information from the Meteorological Office, the island is not currently under direct threat but at least 35 -50 mm of rainfall is expected. The island’s fishermen are also being asked to secure their interests.
“It is quite evident that we recognise the sea conditions are expected to deteriorate to the extent where we have taken action to ask fisherfolk to move their vessels to safety as based on the information we have, we can expect waves up to 3.5 metres.”
He said the effects of the tropical storm should be present from later on today and into tomorrow and is also likely to affect the interisland ferry sailings. He said while Tobago is expected to be spared the worst effects of Tropical Storm Elsa, people should use this opportunity to prepare.
Stewart told GML that TEMA’s Disaster Preparedness Committee met yesterday to look at the island’s ability to respond should there be the need for emergency response systems such as shelters and emergency clearing of fallen trees and utility lines.
He said “This is not the type of event that requires us to board up our windows, however, we ask people to do the necessary to prepare for the hurricane season in this particular event.”