Met Service: Trinidad will not be directly impacted

    Photo: National Hurricane Centre as at 8am on July 24

    The Met Service, in its statement as at 5:30pm on July 23rd says analyses show that Trinidad will not be directly impacted by Tropical Storm Gonzalo, however heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected as the system passes north of the island.

    Gonzalo though is expected to affect Tobago, as the island remains under a Tropical Storm Watch at this time.

    A Yellow Level Alert has been issued for the island from 8am to 8pm on Saturday July 25th, as the Met Service says periods of heavy to intense showers and thunderstorms are likely, which can result in flash flooding.

    The Alert states that gusty winds in excess of 85 km/hr can be expected and the risk of landslides is very high in areas so prone. Sea conditions are also likely to become occasionally rough.

    Meanwhile The National Hurricane Centre in Miami in its 11am update today, noted that the storm is “expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches in Trinidad and Tobago”.

    At 11am, Tropical Storm Gonzalo was 780 km east of the Southern Windward Islands, carrying maximum winds of 85 km per hour.

    Gonzalo is a very small tropical storm, as tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 km from the center.

    The NHC states that there is considerable uncertainty in the intensity forecast, but some strengthening is still possible during the next day or so before Gonzalo reaches the islands.

    However, it notes that weakening is expected after Gonzalo moves into the Caribbean Sea, and the cyclone is expected to dissipate by the middle of next week.

    A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, while Barbados and St. Vincent are also under a Hurricane Watch.

    A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Grenada and its dependencies, along with Tobago.