Latest Met Office bulletin maintains rough seas warning

Date: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:15

The Met Office has issued another bulletin continue the rough seas warning on the coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago.

The latest bulletin was issued just after noon today.

"Buoy data as well as reports reaching the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service indicate that rough seas are being experienced along the exposed coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago, particularly the north and east coasts.

Currently, wave heights are reaching 3.0 metres in open waters and up to 1.0 metre in sheltered areas. These above normal marine conditions are attributed to relatively strong winds in the lower levels of the atmosphere, which have strengthened further over the last 24 hours and continue to agitate the surface of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. 

Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) Models forecast these elevated low-level winds to persist for at least the next 3 to 4 days and as such, sea conditions are expected to continue to be disturbed during this period.

Over the next 24 hours, wave heights in open waters, especially north and east coasts, are forecast to average up to 3.0 metres, however, individual waves particularly along the northeast coast Tobago, may reach in excess of 3.0 metres at times. Choppy seas may be experienced in sheltered areas particularly around Tobago. Additionally, conditions may be exacerbated during high tide. 

SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS, SEA BATHERS AND ALL OTHER MARINE INTERESTS ARE ASKED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION IN ANY SEA RELATED ACTIVITIES. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is closely monitoring sea conditions and will issue an update at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow Friday 3rd March 2017, or earlier if the situation warrants."

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