The change of the masqueraders’ route for Carnival in San Fernando ensured for the first time in many years there was a smooth flow of bands for the J’Ouvert celebrations.
There was no long waiting between bands for spectators gathered at the Harris Promenade judging point or the usual congestion at Cipero Street, which in previous years prevented many bands from reaching the judging point.
It was also the first time in years that at the 4 am start time that several bands were already on the parade route.
Floods are starting to rise in several parts of Trinidad following several hours of heavy rains and high winds over the past 12 hours.
The winds knocked over a tree at Palmiste Boulevard and several others along the Southern Main Road in South Trinidad. Communities along the Brasso/ Caparo Valley Main Road also experienced floods in Central.
The owner of Puff and Stuff Bakery has been kidnapped and a $250,000 ransom is being demanded for his safe return.
Reports indicate that Gregory Laing went to his business place in Vistabella around 4 am today to open up for employees, when he was snatched by two men and bundled into a vehicle.
Family members later received a call demanding a ransom of $250,000 for his safe return.
Two men have been murdered in separate incidents in South Trinidad.
In the first incident, residents of Palmiste heard several loud explosions this morning.
The police were called in and upon investigating they discovered the body of a man bleeding from several gunshot wounds.
The victim has been identified as 45-year-old Samuel Rampersad.