Trinidad: Hurricane hunter finds no further development but warnings still apply

Trinidad: Hurricane hunter finds no further development but warnings still apply
The National Hurricane Centre's chart of two Tropical Waves in the Atlantc.
The National Hurricane Centre’s chart of two Tropical Waves in the Atlantic.

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — A hur­ri­cane hunter air­craft has been sent to in­ves­ti­gate a trop­i­cal wave east of Trinidad and To­ba­go, and has found no fur­ther de­vel­op­ment to cat­e­gorise it as a Trop­i­cal De­pres­sion.

With strength­en­ing, a sys­tem is up­grad­ed from a Trop­i­cal Wave to a Trop­i­cal De­pres­sion, then to a Trop­i­cal Storm and then to a Hur­ri­cane.

The Na­tion­al Hur­ri­cane Cen­tre (NHC) said the air­craft found ev­i­dence of a sharp sur­face trough but con­firmed that a well-de­fined cir­cu­la­tion has not formed.

It said that al­though the sys­tem is cur­rent­ly dis­or­ga­nized, at least grad­ual de­vel­op­ment is an­tic­i­pat­ed and a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion could form lat­er this week­end or ear­ly next week.

The wave is fore­cast to move quick­ly west­ward for the next day or two.

The NHC said that re­gard­less of de­vel­op­ment, heavy rain­fall and gusty winds are pos­si­ble over much of the Less­er An­tilles over the week­end.

It has giv­en the sys­tem a 50 per cent chance of fur­ther de­vel­op­ment in the next 48 hours.

Trinidad and To­ba­go is still not in the clear, how­ev­er.

Ear­li­er to­day the Met Of­fice raised the alert lev­el from yel­low to or­ange.

It said that pe­ri­ods of heavy to in­tense show­ers and/or thun­der­storms are like­ly.

It added that heavy/in­tense down­pours are ex­pect­ed to re­sult in street/flash flood­ing.

Gusty winds in ex­cess of 65 km/hr can be ex­pect­ed and the risk of land­slides/land­slips is very high in ar­eas so prone.

Sea con­di­tions are al­so like­ly to be­come oc­ca­sion­al­ly rough.

It has sug­gest­ed that ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tions be made to safe­guard life and prop­er­ty.

It says that peo­ple who live in ar­eas that are sus­cep­ti­ble to flood­ing, es­pe­cial­ly ar­eas along the main riv­er cours­es and trib­u­taries, should be pre­pared and cre­ate a safe­ty plan in case of emer­gency.

Mean­while, an­oth­er trop­i­cal wave is ex­pect­ed to move off the west coast of Africa by Sun­day and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions are ex­pect­ed to be con­ducive for de­vel­op­ment, and a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion or trop­i­cal storm is like­ly to form ear­ly next week while the wave moves west­ward across the east­ern trop­i­cal At­lantic.

This sys­tem has a high 90 per cent chance of de­vel­op­ment with­in the next five days.


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