UPDATE: 31th October 2010 @ 12:52 p.m - Tobago and Grenada remains under a Tropical Storm Warning
FROM The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Services
Date: Sunday 31st of October 2010 ISSUED AT:12:52PM FLOOD POSSIBILITY EXISTS FOR TOBAGO AND NORTHERN AND EASTERN TRINIDAD. Over the past twelve (12) hours, Tobago and specifically Northern and Eastern parts of Trinidad, experienced prolonged periods of rainfall, some of which were heavy and accompanied by gusty winds. The feeder band into Tomas remains over both islands and while satellite and radar imagery show some degree of weakening there are still few areas of intense convection in the vicinity of Tobago that can produce additional rainfall. Grounds are waterlogged in the above mentioned areas and with surface runoff there is the possibility of further flooding to those regions already inundated. There have also been reports of landslides in eastern parts of Tobago. Trinidad but more so Tobago will continue to see some periods of light rain and/or showers and the isolated thundershower with improvement to more settled conditions as the day progresses.
October 29th 2010
A vigorous tropical wave is approaching Trinidad and Tobago and it has a 80% chance of turning into a tropical storm in 48 hours. This doesn’t look good for a population that had to put up with extremely bad weather for the rainy season and continues to weather the Clico financial crisis with desperate threats from formerly-rich policyholders. The 6:25 am bulletin from the Met Services states “The leading periphery of the wave should begin affecting Trinidad and Tobago during the late afternoon/evening. Moderate to heavy showers can be expected along with isolated thundershowers capable of producing 1 to 2 inches of rainfall. These downpours can yield moderate to severe street or flash flooding and strong bursts of gusts in excess of 50kmh.
As the wave continues to intensify and move closer to Trinidad and Tobago showery activity can yield 3 to 4 inches and possibly 5 to 6 inches from early Saturday into Sunday. Wind speeds with gusts in excess of 55kmh are likely.”
You can check for updates here: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Services
When this system turns into a storm it will be called Tropical Storm Tomas
This severe weather may put a damper on Halloween Celebrations this year as the system has a good chance of intensifying into a tropical depression and then storm before the first withch’s mini-skirt is hemmed even shorter.
May the storm veer north even more.