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Rough Seas Bulletin #4: Long period swells affecting nearshore and onshore areas of Trinidad and Tobago

Numerical Weaher Prediction (NWP) models continue to forecast wave heights and swells to be in excess of 2.5 metres in open waters, with long periods between successive wave crests. Reports reaching the Meteorlogical office indicate that shorelines of Trinidad and Tobago are experiencing above normal sea conditions. Long period swells are anticipated to continue affecting Trinidad and Tobago over the next three to four days. 

 

Swells are being generated by high wind speeds accompanying a frontal system which is associated with a low pressure centre presently over the central North Atlantic Ocean. Swells have been forecast to continue propagating southward over the Eastern Caribbean. 

 

Sea conditions now being experienced around the shorelines of exposed coasts of Trinidad and Tobago are mostly moderate, with waves peaking at 2.0 to 2.5 metres. Seas in open waters are currently rough (in excess of 2.5m) and the forecast continues for seas in open waters to remain rough. Conditions along coasts are expected to be exacerbated during high tide. 

 

Citizens, especially those residing along coastal areas, are asked to be on the alert for above normal sea conditions. All necessary measures MUST be taken to preserve life and property. 

 

SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS, SEA BATHERS AND ALL OTHER MARINE INTERESTS ARE ASKED TO EXERCISE EXTRA CAUTION DURING ANY SEA RELATED ACTIVITIES. 

The situation is being closely monitored and further updates will be issued as the situation warrants. 

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