Met Office: More rains this week
By JULIEN NEAVES Monday, September 16 2013
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LOADING GARBAGE: These residents of Evergreen Drive Patna, Diego Martin load crocus bags filled with rubbish onto a Diego Martin Regional Corporation ...
DIEGO MARTIN residents still reeling from torrential rains and consequent devastating floods last Friday will not be pleased to hear that they can expect more heavy showers to start their week.
The Meteorological Office (Met Office) in an information bulletin issued yesterday reported that parts of the country are experiencing moderate to heavy and thundery showers due to the presence of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).
The Met Office noted that Numerical Weather Prediction Models have forecasted the ITCZ to remain over Trinidad and Tobago for at least the next 48 to 72 hours or up to about midday on Wednesday.
Rainfall activity was forecast to increase as the afternoon progressed yesterday, particularly over Tobago, and rainfall accumulations are forecast to range between 20 to 30 millimetres “or even greater in some locations”. The variability in weather conditions was expected to continue overnight from Sunday to Monday with a gradual improvement towards late this evening.
“It should be noted that gusty winds and the possibility of localised street and flash flooding may occur in the vicinity of heavy showers and thundershowers. Citizens are therefore advised to be vigilant and cautious as they conduct their activities and to pay attention to daily public weather forecasts issued at 6 am, 10 am, 3 pm and 5.30 pm,” the MET Office reported.
At around midnight Thursday residents of North West Trinidad were awoken from their slumber by loud thunder, bright lightning and heavy rainfall. The heavy rains led to severe flooding with some residents losing all their belongings to flood waters. Clean-up efforts from Government agencies and residents continued yesterday. (See Page 9A)
On Wednesday heavy and persistent showers along the East West Corridor left dozens of cars, homes and busineses under water for hours.
The Met Office stressed that this country was not under any tropical storm threat, watch or warning and noted that it continues to closely monitor the weather situation, and will issue another bulletin if the situation warrants.