Met Office warns of rough sea conditions

Date: 
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 15:00

The Met Office is warning of rough sea conditions to affect the northern and western coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago over the next 24 to 48 hours.

The following is a statement issued by the Met Office today.

"The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is informing the Public of a northerly long period swell event that is forecast to begin affecting northern and western coastlines of Tobago from tonight.

These swells are being generated by a disturbance in the Northern Atlantic Ocean.

Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models forecast these swells to reach the northern and western coasts of Tobago by 8 p.m. tonight and the northern and western coasts of Trinidad by midnight, with periods or wave intervals in excess of 12 seconds.

This means that the time between successive wave crests will be 12 seconds or more.

These long period swells may be low amplitude but as they approach shallow waters, the wave heights can increase sharply and as a result, may lead to battering waves especially along the northern and western coasts of Tobago and to a lesser degree, the northern and western coasts of Trinidad.

Effects particularly along affected coasts of Tobago, may include localized disruption to sea bathing and nearshore coastal activity. NWP models forecast this long period swell event to continue over the next 24 to 48 hours. Conditions will be exacerbated during high tide.

Fisher folk and citizens, in particular those residing along coastal areas, are asked to be on the alert for these forecast sea conditions.

All necessary measures MUST be taken to preserve life and property.

SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS, SEA BATHERS AND ALL OTHER MARINE INTERESTS PLEASE BE ADVISED. AS ALWAYS, EXTRA CAUTION SHOULD BE EXERCISED IN ANY SEA RELATED
ACTIVITIES.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is closely monitoring sea conditions and will issue another bulletin on this event at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday 25th February, 2017 or earlier if the situation warrants."

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