TTMS: “Avoid marine activities” as Hazardous Seas Alert issued for T&T. (Credits: CNC3 Television, Trinidad and Tobago, Facebook)

T&T put on Hazardous Seas Alert, sea bathers advised to exercise caution

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Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Services (TTMS) issued a Hazardous Seas Alert (Yellow Level) on Friday, which goes into effect for the nation from Sunday, and it will remain in force until Wednesday. 

As per the forecast, the northward long-duration waves are expected to affect the coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago, particularly the northern and northeastern exposed coastal areas of both islands and, to a lesser extent, the north coastline in the Gulf of Paria. 

To add to the details, the alert was issued on Friday at 2:06 p.m. However, it goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday and remains in effect until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

TTMS has warned the sea bathers to take necessary precautions while taking a dip into the water and beaches before heading to the Carnival on Monday or Tuesday.

“The swells can result in battering waves at coastal regions and can be exacerbated during high tides. Nearshore activities (fishing, sea bathing, mooring of boats, etc) can be adversely affected”, added TTMS while warning. 

Moreover, it has been forecasted that waves in open waters may remain between 1.5 and 2.5 meters, and there is a possibility that they can exceed 23.0 metres from Monday. Noting this, in sheltered or covered areas, it may remain in between 1.0 and 1.5 metres and occasionally choppy. 

The risk of strong waves increases as spring tides move away until Monday, which can pose a serious threat to the swimmers and beachgoers. Strong rip currents are even more hazardous for experienced swimmers. 

Further, the rough seas will be particularly dangerous for offshore activities, including fishing and other small craft maritime interests. Due to spring tides, especially at high tide, conditions may worsen on sea walls along the affected shorelines.

The current yellow-level alert indicates that hazardous seas are likely to have moderate impacts. As a result, injuries could occur if one tries to jump into the water. Minor property damage could also disturb one’s livelihood. 

Therefore, TTMS weather reports suggested all marine interests exercise extreme caution, especially in the affected areas, and marine activities should be avoided. Beachgoers are especially warned to take the proper instruction of lifeguards and those in the authority.