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Media Release-Isolated Thundershowers for At Least the Next 4 To 6 Hours

Media Release

 Wednesday December 25, 2013 – 7:15 a.m.

 

Isolated Thundershowers for At Least the Next 4 To 6 Hours

 

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TT Met Service) released an Information Bulletin at 6:30 a.m. which stated that Over the past few hours Tobago and some parts of Trinidad have been experiencing moderate to heavy showers some of which have been thundery with gusty winds. They attribute this rainfall activity due to a low level convergence in a moist and unstable atmosphere enhanced by favourable upper level conditions.

Reinforcing the 6 a.m. forecast, Trinidad and Tobago will be cloudy with periods of rain and showers over broad areas and the occasional

thundershower in a few confined areas for at least the next 4 to 6 hours. Conditions will gradually become settled after mid-afternoon.

Tonight will be cloudy at times with occasional periods of light rain.

Winds may gust in excess of 50 km/hr in the vicinity of showers and thundershowers and street or flash flooding can occur in heavy downpours. There is also the possibility of landslides/landslips in areas with prolonged rainfall.

Citizens are therefore advised to be vigilant and cautious as they conduct their activities during the next 4-6 hours. Be alert to electrical discharges from thundercloud activity.

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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