Roofs blown off, fallen trees block roads as bad weather hits Trinidad and Tobago

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Fallen tree on Uriah Butler Highway near Divali Nagar site, Chaguanas.  Photo source: social media
Fallen tree on Uriah Butler Highway near Divali Nagar site, Chaguanas. Photo source: social media

As midnight hit on Thursday, social media reported heavy rain and violent gusts of wind blowing from roofs, knocking down trees on houses and roads, as well as power cuts in Trinidad and Tobago.

The events took place when the Meteorological Services issued a bad weather warning last night until 2 p.m. Friday.

A video shared by TT Weather Center showed a tree on the south lane of the Uriah Butler Highway near the Divali Nagar site in Chaguanas.

There were reports of trees falling on homes in Belmont and Toco.

Power outages occurred in Sangre Grande, Couva and Point Fortin. A high-voltage power line has been broken in Maturita. In one video, a utility pole caught fire before burning out, causing a power outage in La Horquetta.

In Tobago, roofs were damaged in Pembroke, Goodwood and Mt St. George, the island’s emergency response agency reported. TEMA also said trees and fallen signs were blocking the Claude Noel Highway near Hampden in Lowlands.

In its advisory, the Met Office predicts thunderstorms and winds in excess of 55 km/h. Street and flash flooding, localized flooding, landslides and landslides were expected.

The Office of Disaster Management and Preparedness said in a press release that there were reports of roof damage and fallen trees across the country.

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