Orange Level Weather Alert for Trinidad, Tropical Storm Warning remains for Tobago

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    The Adverse Weather Alert for Trinidad has been upgraded from Yellow to Orange.

    According to a release from the TT MET Service, this Alert will be in effect from 11am to 8pm tomorrow.

    It says there is a high (70%) chance of heavy showers or thunderstorms during the period, which may lead to street/flash flooding as well as landslides/landslips in areas so prone.

    Gusty winds in excess of 65km/h can also be experienced in the vicinity of heavy downpours.

    This event is related to instability associated with the passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo.

    A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Tobago from 8am to 8pm tomorrow.

    Tropical Storm conditions are expected to affect Tobago from tomorrow morning.

    Periods of heavy to intense showers and/or thunderstorms are likely.

    Heavy/intense downpours can result in street/flash flooding.

    Gusty winds in excess of 85 km/hr can be expected and the risk of landslides/landslips is very high in areas so prone.

    Sea conditions are also likely to become occasionally rough.

    The TTMS has issued a Yellow Level Hazardous Seas Alert – waves may reach up to 4 metres around coastlines of Tobago and to a lesser extent, around the north and eastern coasts of Trinidad.


    NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTRE UPDATE

    According to the NHC’s 11PM update, Gonzalo is moving toward the west near 17 mph (28 km/h).

    A general westward to west-northwestward motion is expected for the next couple of days.

    On the forecast track, Gonzalo will move across the southern Windward Islands Saturday afternoon or evening and over the eastern Caribbean Sea on Sunday.

    Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

    Little change in strength is expected before Gonzalo reaches the southern Windward Islands.

    Weakening is however expected after it moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea, and the system is forecast to dissipate by Sunday night or Monday.