Government of Trinidad and Tobago
Facebook Twitter Youtube

You are here

Home

Information Bulletin: RAINBANDS ASSOCIATED WITH NEWLY FORMED TROPICAL STORM RAFAEL TO CONTINUE AFFECTING WEATHER CONDITIONS OVER TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.

The area of disturbed weather associated with an active Tropical Wave has intensified overnight and developed into Tropical Storm Rafael currently located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea. At 5 a.m. today Tropical Storm Rafael was located near Latitude 15.7 N, Longitude 64.2 W, which is approximately 230 km south-southeast of St. Croix. Rafael is moving toward the northwest at 15 km/hr. A gradual turn to the north-northwest is expected later today. On this forecast track, the centre of Rafael should be moving near or over the Virgin Islands tonight. Maximum sustained winds within Rafael are near 65 km/hr with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Presently, Trinidad and Tobago is being affected by the rainbands associated with this system which is producing moderate, at times heavy, showers with occasional thundershowers, some of which have reportedly been intense. Similar conditions could be experienced over the next 4 – 6 hours. In addition to rainfall run-off already on the ground, accumulations of between 20 – 40 millimeters are anticipated from this rainfall event. Gusty winds in excess of 45 km/hr will accompany heavy showers/thundershowers. Landslips/landslides are likely along slopes of the northern range. Rivers of moderate carrying capacities may become inundated. Sea conditions may become turbulent in heavy showers/thundershowers. Citizens are advised to be vigilant and cautious given forecast weather conditions. Be alert to any electrical discharges from thunderclouds and adopt measures which would preserve life and property. WE STRONGLY UNDERSCORE THAT TRINIDAD & TOBAGO IS NOT UNDER ANY TROPICAL STORM THREAT, WATCH OR WARNING AT THIS TIME.

 Calendar     Hazard Maps         Emergency Contacts