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PUBLIC ADVISORY-Showery activity accompanied by occasional gusty winds to persist for at least the next 4-6 hours.

Friday March 9, 2012- 12:00 p.m.

At 10:15 A.M., the TT Meteorological Service advised that periods of rain will continue to persist for at least the next 4-6 hours over Trinidad and Tobago owing to strong low level convergence. Of primary concern is the strength of gusty winds which will accompany these showers. Winds could gust in excess of 55km/hr and pose some level of threat to domestic infrastructure.

The rainfall overnight into today has swollen some river courses particularly in southern and central districts. There are reports of street/flash flooding in isolated areas of South Trinidad. Additional rainfall would most probably threaten flood prone areas within the Caroni and Naparima plains.

Citizens are advised to be vigilant and cautious as they conduct their activities. Be particularly aware of strong gusty winds and any accompanying debris that may have become airborne. Adopt measures which would preserve life and property.

The ODPM, as the lead coordinator of emergency management, has put the first responder agencies (TT Fire Service, TT Defence Force and the municipal corporations) on alert so that immediate assistance can be rendered if any adverse impact occurs. The ODPM reminds all citizens that if they have been affected by this inclement weather, they must contact their municipal corporation or 800 6376.

Consequently, we continue to underscore the following:-

• After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided and it is safe to venture outside.

• Do not walk / drive through flood waters.

• Be cautious when walking /driving along hillsides or landslide prone areas.

Trinidad and Tobago is NOT currently under any Tropical Storm threat, Watch or Warning. The TT Meteorological Services is monitoring this weather condition and will advise the ODPM if there are any noteworthy changes.

ENDS

Issued by:
Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit
868 640 1285 / publicinfo.odpm@gmail.com

Contact:
Dr. Stephen Ramroop, Chief Executive Officer
868 789 2779

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