Met Office: Flooding situation expected to continue up to 12-24 hours

The Met Office is warning that rivers continue to be dangerously high and can result in widespread flooding.

The Met Office has issued the following statement:

"The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is maintaining the riverine flood alert for Trinidad due to the rainfall activity associated with the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) over the last 36 hours.

As opposed to Street and Flash Flooding, Riverine Flooding is more prolonged and widespread.

Part of Caroni River overflows bank

Reports are now indicating that the Caroni River has over-topped its banks across Caroni North and South Bank roads from the Southern Main Road at Ibis Gardens, through Kelly Village, St Helena extending all to Las Lomas and Piarco.

Reports from the Water Resources Agency indicate that water levels in some of the nation's major rivers as well as their tributaries continue to reach threshold levels.

Additional rainfall is forecast to persist with the flooding situation expected to continue for the next 12 to 24 hours in areas already being affected.

Tropical Storm Nate claims 22 lives; expected to hit US as a hurricane

Newly formed Tropical Storm Nate was blamed Thursday for at least 22 deaths across Central America as it dumped rain across the region on a path that would carry it toward a potential landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane over the weekend.

Louisiana officials ordered some people to evacuate coastal areas and barrier islands, and evacuations began at some offshore oil platforms in the Gulf.

Caribbean Airlines still unable to fly into St Maarten

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) says it is still unable to operate its scheduled services into St Maarten, as the Princess Juliana International Airport remains closed to commercial air traffic.

CAL says that customers with tickets for travel purchased before 05 September 2017 to/from St Maarten only are advised of the following: