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Media Release- Moderate To Heavy Showers to Affect Trinidad and Tobago for at least next 4-6 hours

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 Sunday December 1, 2013 – 11:45 a.m.

 

Moderate To Heavy Showers to Affect Trinidad and Tobago for at least next 4-6 hours

 

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TT Met Service) released an Information Bulletin at 10:45 a.m. which stated that over the past few hours, both Trinidad and Tobago have been experiencing cloudy conditions with periods of rain and showers, some of which have been moderate to heavy in intensity. They attribute this rainfall activity due to a surface/low-level trough with an associated moist and unstable atmosphere.

 

Reinforcing its 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. forecast, the TT Met Service stated that Trinidad and Tobago will continue to experience these conditions for at least the next 4 – 6 hours. Some showers can become heavy and to a lesser extent thundery at times. A decrease in frequency and intensity of rain/showers is expected towards nightfall.

 

Reports from the Water Resources Agency (WRA) indicate that water levels in the nation’s major rivers are contained and below threshold levels at this time. However, given the expected conditions and the already saturated grounds, rivers of moderate carrying capacity can become overwhelmed. The WRA also relayed that although the Caroni and Caparo Rivers remain below critical levels, they are slightly elevated. Citizens in these areas especially and those in low-lying areas in general should be on the alert.

 

Localized street or flash flooding is likely in heavy or prolonged downpours and gusty winds may be experienced in the vicinity of showers or thundershowers. There is also the likelihood of landslides/landslips in elevated areas.

 

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. Citizens are urged to remain vigilant and cautious and those affected are asked to contact the ODPM’s customer care centre at 511. Please see the ODPM’s facebook and website for more information on how to prepare for and respond to flooding and landslides.

 

 

 

The ODPM further underscores the following preparedness tips:


· Be extra vigilant and cautious at this time
· Elevate valuables and place important documents in sealed containers or bags
· Look out for collapsed pavements and fallen rocks
· Do not walk / drive through flood waters

 

We continue to underscore that Trinidad and Tobago is not under any Tropical Storm threat, watch or warning.
 

ENDS

Issued by:-

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

publicinfo.odpm@gmail.com

 

For more information, please contact:-511 Emergency Call Centre

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