Residents of several parts of Southwest Trinidad are facing the night without roofs following a strong thunderstorm that brought gusty winds and heavy rainfall just after 1 pm Thursday this afternoon.
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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 Met Office has issued an Adverse Weather Alert for tomorrow and Thursday.
The Met Office says that heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely over Trinidad from 10 am on Wednesday until 2 pm on Thursday.
It says street/flash flooding and gusts up to 65km/h are likely near heavy downpours.
The Met Office says there is the possibility of landslides or landslips along hilly areas.
It says this activity is due to the passage of a Tropical Wave interacting with the ITCZ.
Although the country received some of the heaviest rains so far for this year’s rainy season over the past few days, CEO of the Office for Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) Cpt Neville Wint said there were minimum reports of flooding during these showers.
However, he confirms they have received reports of flooding in Arima, Tunapuna, Siparia and parts of Chaguanas.
Torrential rains caused by the passage of a Tropical wave over T&T triggered flooding in the Los Bajos and Erin region yesterday.
More than 100 residents suffered extensive damage to crops, livestock and household articles.
The worse hit areas were Beach Road, Palo Seco; Lamorrel Trace, #4 Road, #7 Road and several areas on the SS Erin Road near Los Bajos and Erin.
Five landslips have developed about four miles from Bamboo village in Cedros where a massive landslip swallowed up four houses a year ago, creating a ghost town.
The splintered village stands on the edge of the 200 feet precipice which erodes daily even as geotechnical teams from the University of the West Indies continue evaluating the cliff collapse.
The Met Office has canceled the adverse weather alert it had issued for Trinidad and Tobago, which was to run from 4am to 2pm Friday.
The weather alert level has no returned to green, which signals very low impact and no significant risk.
The country saw heavy showers early Friday morning, most of which subsided by midday.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has issued Adverse Weather Alert #1– Yellow Level for the period Friday 05th July, 2019 at 4 am to 2 pm for Trinidad and Tobago.
The TTMS has advised that showers and thunderstorms are likely to affect Trinidad and Tobago from early morning till early afternoon.
Street/flash flooding, landslides/landslips and gusty winds of in excess of 45km/hr are possible.