Storm

This is the storm as of tonight

Tobago is going to get a pounding from Saturday morning from the passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo.

There will be heavy rainfall in Trinidad, according to the forecast.

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This was the location of the storm as of 8p.m.

According to an advisory from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service, there will be periods of heavy to intense showers and/or thunderstorms are likely. Heavy/intense downpours can result in street/flash flooding. Gusty winds in excess of 85 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.

An emergency meeting with members of the Tobago Disaster Management Committee (TDMC) chaired by Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis was held yesterday at the Tobago Emergency Operations Centre in Bacolet to discuss preparations for Gonzalo.

“Present at the meeting were officials of the Ministry of National Security, Defence Force, Coast Guard, Fire Service, discussing the response,” Tobago Emergency Management Agency director Allan Stewart said.

He said shelters will be activated today with the necessary social distancing and Covid-19 protocols.

“By just after midday the shelter listing will be available to members of the public,” Stewart said.

A number of steps were taken following the emergency meeting.

“The Tobago Emergency Operations Centre (TEOC) will be activated today at 6 p.m. Shelters to be opened during the storm period will be identified, and the respective shelter managers notified. Shelters will be activated as the need arises. Covid-19 restrictions will be in place at the TEOC and the Emergency Shelters,” a statement following the meeting said.

Speaking on the issue at the THA’s weekly media briefing on Wednesday, Chief Secretary Dennis said he continued to be in touch with TEMA and the island remains on alert.

The Inter-Island Ferry Service said captains of all vessels were monitoring the situation with the tropical storm and will announce by midday today if there will be any need for changes in scheduled sailings.

According to the National Hurricane Center in Florida:

Gonzalo is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 5 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches in Barbados and the Windward Islands tonight through Sunday night.

Gonzalo is also expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 2 inches in Trinidad and Tobago. Rainfall in Barbados and the Windward Islands could lead to life-threatening flash floods.

At 8a.m. satellite data indicated that the centre of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was located near latitude 10.0 North, longitude 52.8 West. Gonzalo is moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/h). A westward to west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected through the weekend. On the forecast track, the centre of Gonzalo will approach the southern Windward Islands tonight and then move across the islands on Saturday and over the eastern Caribbean Sea on Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two, and there is still a chance that Gonzalo could become a hurricane before reaching the Windward Islands. Weakening is expected after Gonzalo moves into the Caribbean Sea, and the cyclone is expected to dissipate by the middle of next week.

Gonzalo is a small tropical cyclone. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the centre.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

* St. Lucia

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

* Barbados

* St. Vincent and the Grenadines

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

* Barbados

* St. Vincent and the Grenadines

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

* Tobago

* Grenada and its dependencies

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are

expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 36 hours.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 36 hours.

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