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Met Office: Long-period swells affecting northern coastlines

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) says reports indicate that mainly the northern coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago have been experiencing the effects of long-period swells.

It says the effects are in the form of large breaking waves, and while these swells are mainly affecting nearshore activity, the general sea state is not rough.

The event is expected to peak today, however, the swells are forecast to continue affecting these particular coastlines for at least the next week.

Northerly swells to peak today; waves can reach 3 metres high

The Met Office says northerly swells are expected to continue for 24 hours and are expected to peak today.

The Met Office is continuing its Rough Seas bulletin in this regard.

The following is the latest bulletin issued by the Met Office.

"Northerly swells have been affecting coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago over the last 24 hours and this swell event is expected to peak today, Friday, 23rd February, 2018.

The swells are forecast to continue affecting coastlines over the next 24 hours.

Waves to begin battering coastlines from midday today

The Met Office says sea conditions are expected to deteriorate this afternoon as northerly swells are forecast to reach coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago from midday today.

This northerly swell event is likely to affect coastlines for at least 48 hours.

The swells are forecast to reach 3 metres in open waters and above 1.5 metres in sheltered areas.

Individual wave heights, however, may reach in excess of 3 metres at times.

Three-metre waves expected again in 18-24 hours

The Met Office says northerly swells are forecast to reach coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago in 18 to 24 hours and as a result, sea conditions are expected to gradually deteriorate in 18 to 24 hours.

These swells are forecast to start affecting coastlines from tomorrow afternoon (Thursday 22nd February, 2018).

They are forecast to reach up to 3 metres in open waters and above 1.5 metres in sheltered areas.

Individual wave heights may reach in excess of 3 metres.

Met Office discontinues rough seas warning

The Met Office has discontinued the rough seas warning it issued last week.

It is still advising caution at the sea.

The following is a statement by the Met Office today;

"Buoy data as well as reports reaching the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) indicate that rough seas in open waters around Trinidad and Tobago have improved.

The strong winds that were the primary cause of rough sea conditions have decreased, with a corresponding decrease in wave heights.

Met Office discontinues rough seas warning

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service says that buoy data as well as reports reaching them indicate that agitated sea conditions in open waters around Trinidad and Tobago have improved.

A statement by the Met Services says the strong winds that were the primary cause of rough sea conditions have decreased, with a corresponding decrease in wave heights.

The Met Services is discontinuing further statements with regard to this rough seas event.

Met Office update: Rainy weekend to usher out 2017

The year 2017 will end with a wet weekend as the latest bulletin by the Met Office forecasts torrential rainfall to continue throughout the weekend.

This will come with the possibility of landslides and rivers overflowing their banks.

The following is the latest bulletin by the Met Office:

"Trinidad and to a lesser extent Tobago have been experiencing cloudy to overcast conditions with periods of rain and showers, some of which have been moderate to heavy in intensity and occasionally accompanied by gusty winds.

Bulletin: Water in major rivers, tributaries reaching threshold levels

The Met Office is updating the Riverine Flood Alert for Trinidad, having regard to the current rainfall activity, as well as forecast rainfall expected over the next 24 hours.

In its latest bulletin, the Met Office says that as opposed to Street and Flash Flooding, Riverine Flooding is more prolonged and widespread.

It says that information from the Water Resources Agency indicate that water levels in some of the nation’s major rivers as well as their tributaries are fast approaching threshold levels.

Rough seas to continue for 2-3 days

The Met Office says that buoy data as well as reports reaching the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service indicate that sea conditions in open waters around Trinidad and Tobago continue to be moderate to rough with wave heights reaching up to 3.5 metres.

It says these above-normal marine conditions are attributed to relatively strong surface winds which are currently agitating the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.

Met Office's forecast is for more rain over 12-24 hours

The Met Office is advising of inclement weather over the next 12 to 24 hours.

This will involve moderate to heavy showers and strong winds.

The Met Office says this is as a result of the passage of a surface trough of low pressure.

It says gusty winds can be expected in the vicinity of showers and thundershowers.

It says there can also be localised street or flash flooding in areas of prolonged downpours as well as landslips and landslides in areas so proned.

A further bulletin will be issued by the Met Office at 10 am.

 

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