Thundershowers drenched most of T&T on Sunday following a scorching dry season, bringing gusty winds which toppled trees and broke branches in North Trinidad.
But by midday, the T&T Meteorological Office cancelled its adverse weather alert from yellow to green saying weather conditions had improved significantly although a few showers were still expected to linger into the night.
There were no reports of any major damage or flooding.
In South Trinidad, the rains started around 7 am and lasted well after midday.
Strong winds brought on by the passage of an Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) toppled a tree and parts of an unfinished building in Mount Hope and Diego Martin.
Darryl Fernandez posted a three-minute video to his Facebook profile, showing a tree that had fallen on his Mount Hope home.
“I just want to see what it takes for the Government to assist me. For the longest while I’ve been asking the councillor, the regional corporation and T&TEC to come and cut this tree which falls from on that side (of the road) on my house,” Fernandez said in the video.
The fallen tree smashed into his children’s bedroom around 2.30 am.
“I could have been a father crying this morning, this is right where my children’s bedroom is, look at how dangerous this is,” he said.
As he showed the extent of the damages, Fernandez lamented that he has been trying to get someone to cut the tree for several months after seeing cracks appearing in its trunk.
T&TEC’s Corporate Communication manager Anabelle Brasnell did not respond to a call seeking comment.
High winds in Diego Martin caused parts of an unfinished concrete structure to collapse into the street.
Photos of the damage, showing red bricks scattered on the roadway were shared on social media yesterday but there were no reports of any injuries.
Meanwhile, farmers who have been waiting for the rain to plant said they were concerned that more dry spells will continue in June based on predictions from the Met Office.
Chairman of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation Dr Allen Sammy who spoke to farmers from Bunsee Trace and Mendez Village said many of them had decided not to plant as yet because they were unsure whether the dry spells were over.
“They are extremely pleased to see the rains because many of them had lost acres of crops, particularly in Bunsee Trace. Acres of pepper and bodi, lettuce, cucumber have wilted in the heat so the rain is a blessing but nobody is going to replant at this time because the dry weather is likely to stretch into June,” he said.
He noted that some farmers were bracing for flooding because not all of the watercourses were cleared.
“Parts of the Oropouche River still needs cleaning along with the Curumata River which joins the Oropuche River at Debe Trace,” Sammy said.
Meanwhile, Agricultural Society president Dhano Sookoo said while farmers welcomed the rain they were now bracing for floods.
“We are very mindful that no proper structure was put in place to capture the excess water from the wet season so that it could be utilised in the dry season. We are also worried about the risk of flooding,” she added.
Sookoo said while the Ministry of Works has done work to clear water courses in Aranguez, Maloney, Orange Grove and Tabaquite, it was not enough to mitigate flooding.
In a weather forecast issued at 4.22 pm yesterday, meteorologist Albert Alexander said there was a 20 per cent to 30 per cent chance that some of the showers could become heavy with gusty winds.
Reporter: Radhica De Silva and Sharlene Rampersad