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Downgraded: Trinidad and Tobago Weather Alert upgraded to Orange; citizens urged to prepare

Trinidad and Tobago weather alert for Tropical Storm Karen is downgraded at the time of publishing this news brief. The citizens who have suffered from losses due to the consequence of flood and other damage would find little comfort in that news. (See videos and pictures below)

September 23, 2019 – Riverine scene Lopinot.

September 22, 2019 – It’s now official – All schools closed tomorrow. All schools will be closed on Monday in light of the current riverine alert which is at level red. The announcement was made by Minister of National Security and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young, at a news conference this afternoon. Earlier rumours were spreading via an old social media post, that schools would have been closed on Monday. However, at that time, Education Minister Anthony Garica said it was not true and that he was waiting on an update from the Met Office.

September 22, 2019 – Flooding has been reported across several areas in Trinidad,.as Tropical Storm Karen continues along her path. Heavy rainfall has been affecting several areas, even as a Tropical Storm warning for Trinidad and Tobago has been discontinued. According to the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, some areas presently affected include:

Diego Martin including Bagatelle, along the Diego Martin Highway as well as the main road
Carenage – West Haig Street and along the Western Main Road
Bhagaloo Street, Enterprise
Piparo Road, Piparo,
St Augustine – Eastern Main Road,
David Toby Road, Tunapuna,
D’abadie – Eastern Main Road,
Limehead Road, Chase Village,
Chaguanas Main Road,
San Juan – Laventille Road
Maritime, Morvant Junction, Barataria
Curepe – Eastern Main Road,
Saddle Road, Maraval
Freeport, Couva, Maracas St. Joseph,
Edinburgh 500, Oasis Gardens, San Fernando
Union Village, Rio Claro
Point Fortin, St Francois Valley Road
Penal Rock Road
Don Miguel Road Extension, San Juan
Wrightson Road in the vicinity of Powergen.