Thunderstorm downs trees, blows off roofs in South Trinidad

A strong thunderstorm brought gusty winds and heavy rainfall to parts of Southwestern Trinidad, just after 1 pm Thursday this afternoon. 

Gusty winds toppled trees, blew off roofs and caused power outages in several areas of Southwestern Peninsula. 

Presently, the San Francique Main Road is impassable due to a large tree being brought down, just before the Building Resources Limited Hardware at Light Pole #65, San Francique Main Road, Penal. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC), the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation Disaster Management Unit and the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service are on-site as clearing efforts are underway.

There were reports of roofs blown off small structures and homes in Barrackpore, Penal and Dow Village, along the Southern Main Road. 

A roof was blown off a home at Beckles Street, Penal, with rainfall damaging several appliances and furniture within the home. 

Brief power outages have been reported across San Fernando, Fyzabad, Moruga, Palmiste, Debe, Penal and Philippine.

The Met Office has issued a third Adverse Weather Alert, to run from Wednesday, Aug 14 at midday to midnight Thursday.

The Yellow-level alert warns of occasional showers and isolated heavy showers/thunderstorms in varying localities over Trinidad. 

The Met Office says the possibility of landslides/landslips remains, mainly along hilly areas. 

Street and/or flash flooding and gusts up to 65km/h are likely near heavy downpours.

 - by Kalain Hosein

 

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