A tropical cyclone brushed past Trinidad and Tobago yesterday, uprooting trees in Port of Spain and Maraval and tearing off roofs in Chaguanas.
Tropical Cyclone Nine brought gusty winds as far south as Rio Claro with the Trinidad and Tobago Weather Centre explaining that the storm’s influence on T&T’s wind system and moisture associated with the tropical disturbance caused showers and thunderstorms to move across the islands.
Some of this bad weather may continue today.
Unlike last weekend’s Tropical Storm Gonzalo, this storm had not yet been named but was described as getting better organised as it veered north toward the Leeward Islands.
At 3 p.m. yesterday the skies darkened, heavy showers came down, causing landslips in Maraval and Diego Martin.
A massive tree was uprooted and fell along the Brian Lara Promenade near the Central Bank around 4 p.m.
Port of Spain Mayor Joel Martinez looked on at personnel from the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) and officers from the Belmont Fire Station dealt with the tree. Martinez said: “Just last week we were pruning these trees because I was saying some of them were weak and could fall.”
He said a Hyundai Tucson parked below the tree was spared extensive damage as overhead power lines prevented the falling tree from slamming into the vehicle.
In Maraval, a large tree fell along Saddle Road, near Massy Stores, and caused traffic with many motorists unable to get home until the tree was moved.
Along Eastern Main Road in St Joseph, there was flash flooding from WASA to Mt Hope, while a woman in California said her neighbour’s roof had been blown off.
The storm also took the roof and parts of several houses in central Trinidad.
The Express understands the disaster unit of the Chaguanas Borough Corporation was mobilised to assist and no injuries were reported.
Heavy showers also caused minor street flooding in Montrose, Chaguanas, Longdenville and Cunupia.
More rain today
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) said today will be “partly cloudy to cloudy, with light or moderate showers in varying areas and a medium to high chance of a thunderstorm in a few areas during the morning.
“Conditions would gradually improve as the afternoon progresses into evening, but with a light or moderate shower in a few areas. In the event of a heavy shower or thunderstorm, winds can become gusty and street and/or flash flooding is likely.”