System likely to develop before reaching Caribbean

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    Despite the prolonged rainfall associated with a tropical wave yesterday, the Ministry of Local Government says only five reports of flooding were reported as of 5pm.

    By that time, the Met Service had already discontinued its Adverse Weather Alert for that particular tropical wave.

    The heavy downpours began in the morning and lasted several hours, in most areas of T&T.

    But, another adverse weather alert could be issued, as another tropical wave is approaching, with potential for development into a tropical depression before it reaches the Caribbean.

    The Met Service says T&T is expected to get rainfall and gusty winds from Tuesday night into Wednesday.

    There a 90 per cent chance of development within 5 days and a 70 per cent chance of development within 48 hours.

    It is possible that the development may happen while it is moving across the southern Caribbean Sea from Wednesday through Friday.

    The Met Service noted as at 6am today there are no watches or warnings in effect at this time for T&T.

    Meanwhile, Government emergency agencies are on the alert, as T&T braces for the bad weather with flooding possible this week.

    The Minister of Local Government, Faris al Rawi said meetings were held yesterday with Local Government agencies and the ODPM to prepare as best as possible.

    He says even with the best of preparation, flooding and landslide issues may still arise.

    Mr. Al Rawi says all corporations are today doing a baseline analysis to physically ensure the state and conditions of usual locations of flooding and landslides.

    All first response agencies including the Disaster Management Units and the Defence Force are also on alert.