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Met Office alert: Rainfall until 4pm Tuesday

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has issued a second adverse weather alert at the yellow level, this one for the period Monday 17th June, 2019 from 2 am to Tuesday 18th June, 2019 at 4 pm.

The TTMS has advised that periods of rain and/or showers and isolated thunderstorms are likely to continue to affect Trinidad and Tobago.

As a result, street/ flash flooding can occur in heavy downpours and there is an increased risk of landslides or landslips in areas with prolonged rainfall.

Roofs blown off in Chatham

As a tropical wave passed over T&T on Monday, gusty winds blew off a roof at Iros Village, Chatham, leaving two brothers running for cover.

Rajesh Mookraj, 28 and his brother Pradeep Mookraj, 30, were sleeping inside their home when they heard a loud crash.

Rajesh said he got up confused and was astonished to see their roof missing.

Dominican Gov't Minister: 'Be prepared for hurricane season'

The hurricane season is here and officials of the nature island of Dominica, located in the Hurricane belt, believe T&T and other Caribbean islands need to prepare for the hurricane season now.

Minister for the Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal Joseph Isaac says Dominican has shown resilience after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017.

This experience, he believes, can be used to assist other Caribbean islands with preparation.

Hurricane Season officially begins Saturday

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season officially starts Saturday.

The six-month hurricane season is predicted to be near-normal by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with 9 to 15 named tropical storms expected to form.

Of those, 4 to 8 should strengthen into hurricanes. 

A tropical storm becomes a hurricane once its sustained winds reach 74 mph. 

A typical season sees 12 tropical storms, of which 6 become hurricanes. 

Rainy Season officially declared

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has officially declared the start of the 2019 Rainy Season following rainfall activity from the passage of a Tropical Wave.

Once the initial episode of rainfall activity is triggered by the ITCZ or a Tropical Wave, it signals the start of the country’s rainy season since these features will be the mainstay for the next six months in yielding rainfall.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service says it has been tracking the progress of this Tropical Wave across the Atlantic Ocean for the past few days.

Met Office: Hot spell alert is old, not recently issued

The Met Office says a social media post about a pending heat spell, has not been recently circulated by the office.

The social media post claims that over the next week, the country would experience maximum temperatures of 33 degrees Celsius or above.

But in the statement issued on Monday, the Met Office makes it clear that it is not a recent alert.

Met Service: Another wave of Saharan dust coming

The Health Min­istry is ad­vis­ing cit­i­zens to take per­son­al pre­cau­tions as a fresh plume of Sa­ha­ran dust is ex­pect­ed to en­ter T&T’s at­mos­phere on Mon­day.

Since the be­gin­ning of the dry sea­son, the coun­try has ex­pe­ri­enced sev­er­al waves of the dust how­ev­er; the Met Of­fice said this year’s oc­cur­rences are no dif­fer­ent from that seen in pre­vi­ous years.

Colder than Antarctica - chill plummets to deadly -48C in parts of midwest US

Millions of US citizens are today facing a cold front so bad, weather officials are warning persons to stay indoors.

Some parts of the US will be colder than Antarctica.

A blast of arctic-chilled air from the polar vortex brought dangerous, record-setting cold to a wide swathe of the eastern United States on Tuesday, stretching from the Dakotas through Maine, with snow expected as far south as Alabama and Georgia.

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