Hurricane Michael strengthens to Category 3 en route to Florida

Hurricane Michael grew into a major Category 3 storm as it howled closer to Florida's Gulf shore on Tuesday, sending tens of thousands of coastal residents fleeing to higher ground one day before its expected arrival with towering waves and roof-shredding winds.

Michael is projected to plow into Florida's panhandle at midday on Wednesday, unleashing potentially devastating waves of seawater as high as 12 feet (3.6 meters) that could rush inland for miles around the storm's center, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned.

Met Office issues rough seas bulletin

The Met Office has issued a Hazardous Seas Alert from today to tomorrow.
The Yellow Alert states that large breaking waves are likely to affect mainly northern coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago.
However, minimal effects or choppy conditions may occur in sheltered areas as well.
The Met Office says this event is expected to be short-lived and will likely last for 24 hours.
It says these conditions are due to long period swells with forecast values in excess of 12 seconds.

Met Office cancels Adverse Weather Alert

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has canceled the Adverse Weather Alert for today.

The Met Office has advised that conditions have settled over Trinidad and Tobago.

However, it says it will take some time for flooding to subside in areas that were adversely affected.

Tree falls in Mt Hope

A fallen tree has blocked Hospital Drive, the rear entrance to Mt. Hope Hospital. Use alternative routes.

Barrackpore flooded

Flooding at the Aussie's Recreation Grounds, Monkey Town, Barrackpore. Photo by Guardian Media's Kristian De Silva.

Adverse Weather Warning: 60% chance conditions will worsen

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued an Adverse Weather Warning and has raised the level to yellow.

The warning runs until 8pm tonight.

The Met Office describes the weather activity as isolated thunderstorms occurring mainly across the northwestern and southeastern areas of Trinidad.

There is a 60% chance that conditions will worsen across other areas of Trinidad with a lower chance for Tobago, during the course of the afternoon.

Conditions are expected to improve by nightfall.

Kirk hits islands this evening

Several Caribbean islands are already feeling the impact of Tropical Storm Kirk.

At 5 pm the center of Tropical Storm Kirk was located near latitude 14.2 North, longitude 60.2 West and is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h). 

On the forecast track, the center of Kirk will move across the Lesser Antilles within the Tropical Storm Warning area this evening.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Met Office issues hazardous seas alert

The Met Office has issued a hazardous seas alert for the period Saturday September 29th from 5 am to Tuesday October 2nd and 6 am.
The Met Office says the country should expect large breaking waves in excess of 3 metres, which are likely along north-eastern and northern coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago with effects first around Tobago.
It says choppy conditions may occur in the Gulf of Paria.