June 28, 2013:
According to 1:00 p.m. Information Bulletin released by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service, Trinidad and Tobago are currently experiencing few cloudy periods with accompanying rain and showers. Numerical Weather Prediction Models forecast conditions to deteriorate, particularly over Trinidad, within the next six (6) to eight (8) hours with intermittent rain and showers some of which would be moderate to heavy and at times thundery. This rainfall activity is due to the passage of a Tropical Wave.
Intermittent rain, showers and thundershowers, are then forecast to continue for the next twelve (12) to eighteen (18) hours.
Rainfall accumulations are forecast to be between 30 to 40 millimeters. Noting the amount of rainfall that is forecast to occur, the possibility of moderate to severe cases of localized street and flash flooding is likely in the vicinity of prolonged rainfall or heavy downpours. Gusty winds in excess of 45km/hr at times are also likely.
The ODPM, in its role as the coordinator of emergencies/crises has alerted the first responder agencies. The ODPM will continue to monitor the situation and any updates will be communicated to the public. Citizens are asked to remain vigilant and to contact 511 if they have been adversely affected. Citizens are also advised to monitor the ODPM website, Facebook and all media for updates.
The ODPM continues to remind citizens of the following:-
· Be extra vigilant and cautious at this time
· Elevate valuables and place important documents in sealed containers or bags
· Look out for collapsed pavements and fallen rocks
· Do not walk / drive through flood waters
WE WISH TO UNDERSCORE THAT AT THIS TIME TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO IS NOT UNDER ANY TROPICAL STORM THREAT, WATCH OR WARNING.
Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit