Trinidad & Tobago are under a Tropical Storm
Date: 20 June 2017
Issuance Time: 12:00 am
TROPICAL STORM BRET ADVISORY #3
TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS OVER TRINIDAD AND PARTS OF TOBAGO
Issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service
Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and its Dependencies.
This Tropical Storm Warning means that Trinidad and Tobago in this case, can continue to experience Tropical Storm conditions over the next 6 hours, and Grenada and its Dependencies can expect Tropical Storm conditions within 6 hours.
At 11:00 pm, Monday June 19, 2017, the centre of Tropical Storm Bret was located near 10.0ºN latitude 61.3ºW longitude near the southern coast of Trinidad.
Tropical Storm Bret is moving to the west-northwest at about 37 km/hr and is expected to gradually slow down over the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, Bret is expected to begin moving away from Trinidad and toward the northeast coast of Venezuela early Tuesday.
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Maximum sustained winds are near 65 km/hr with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 12 to 24 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 130 km from the centre. Minimum central pressure is 1008mb.
Citizens and all concerned are advised to closely follow the directions and advice of their Disaster Emergency Managers at this time. Adopt all necessary measures to preserve life and property.
Repeating the position of Bret at 11:00 pm is 10.0ºN latitude 61.3ºW longitude, near the southern coast of Trinidad.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service will issue another bulletin at 3:00am, Tuesday 20th June, 2017. All interests in Trinidad and Tobago are asked to monitor the progress of this system and pay close attention to information being issued by the TTMS by visiting our website at www.metoffice.gov.tt, downloading our mobile app (search: TT Met Office) and following us on Twitter and Facebook.
PUBLIC ADVISORY # 3
Monday 19th June, 2017 – 9:00 p.m.
ODPM urges citizens to be cautious and prepared for Tropical Storm Bret
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is advising citizens to be aware that the Potential Tropical Cyclone #2 developed into Tropical Storm Bret, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Office (TTMET) at 6:00 p.m. on Monday 19th June, 2017.
Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and its Dependencies can expect Tropical Storm conditions within 6 – 12hours. The centre of Potential Tropical Cyclone #2 was located near 9.4ºN latitude 59.8ºW longitude or about 200 kilometres southeast of Trinidad.
Tropical Storm Bret is moving to the west at about 48 km/hr and is expected to continue at a slightly slower speed over the next 48 hours. As such, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and its Dependencies will therefore be mostly exposed to Tropical Storm conditions from tonight and early Tuesday. Gusty winds, street/flash flooding, landslides/landslips and disturbance in sea conditions are likely to arise.
The ODPM has not received reports of incidents in Trinidad at this time. However, Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) has reported loss of power on the Northern side of Tobago, due to a fallen tree on Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (TTEC) utility lines and a collapsed structure in Signal Hill. No injuries have been reported thus far. Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (TTEC) teams have been mobilised and power will be restored within the hour.
Citizens are asked to remain vigilant, calm and pay attention to relevant advisories from authorised agencies in Trinidad and Tobago namely the TTMET Office, the ODPM and local media houses. Shelters in Trinidad have been activated, while shelters in Tobago are opened.
Consequently, we continue to underscore the following:-
During a Tropical Storm
- Never ignore evacuation orders. Leave as soon as possible when told to do so
- Listen constantly to a battery-operated radio or television for official instructions.
- Stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors. If need be, stay inside a closet or a room without windows. You can also lie on the floor under a table or sturdy object.
- Avoid using open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.
- Avoid flooded roads and watch for washed-out bridges. Do not walk through moving water. Even 6 inches (15 centimeters) of water can make you fall.
- Do not go outside unless it is absolutely necessary. When the winds get very strong, you are in danger of being hit by flying objects.
- Children should not be taken outside, since they may be in danger of being blown away.
- If you are away from home, remain where you are until the storm has passed. Many people have lost their lives trying to go from one place to another.
- If your glass windows have not been boarded up, place a large heavy object in front of the window to protect yourself and others from splintering glass.
- Be calm! Your ability to act logically is important.
- Listen to the radio, watch your television and check the official social media sites for information on what is happening e.g. ODPM and TTMET.
We wish to underscore that Trinidad and Tobago is under a Tropical Storm threat at this time. Citizens are asked to resist following any social media posts or unauthorised messages which are not disseminated by the TTMET Office or published on the ODPM’s social media platforms.
The ODPM as the lead National Office for Disaster Management is coordinating with all relevant agencies, including the Regional Corporations’ Disaster Management Units, to prepare for the possibility of incoming weather within the next 6-12 hours, as we continue to closely monitor this weather event through the TTMET Office. The ODPM reminds all citizens that should you be affected by this upcoming inclement weather, please contact our Customer Care Centre at 511.
Official Statement by the ODPM:
ODPM advises citizens to be aware of TTMET’s Tropical Storm Warning
Consequently, we continue to underscore the following:-
- Pack an emergency kit for your entire family including non-perishable food, potable water, first aid supplies, flashlight, battery-operated radio, extra batteries etc.
- Ensure that preparations are made for persons with special needs and pets.
- Secure all important documents in a waterproof bag.
- If you live in a flood-prone area, place furniture and appliances on a height from the ground and keep sand-bags easily accessible.
- Develop a family emergency and evacuation plan.
- Ensure that lawn furniture and loose outdoor items are properly tied down or brought inside.
- After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels subside and venture outside only when it is confirmed safe.
- Do not walk / drive through flood waters and avoid areas that experience high impact flooding.
- Be cautious and vigilant when walking /driving along hillsides or landslide prone areas.
We wish to underscore that Trinidad and Tobago is under a Tropical Storm Warning at this time. Citizens are asked to resist following any media, social media posts or unauthorised messages which are not disseminated by the TTMET Office or published on the ODPM’s social media platforms.
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