More than half a month’s rain in hours

Guardian’s weath­er an­chor, geo­sci­en­tist Kalain Ho­sein, said Wednesday’s in­clement weath­er was caused by a sur­face to low-lev­el trough, an area of low­er than usu­al pres­sure at the sur­face to low lev­els of the at­mos­phere, which brings un­set­tled weath­er.

“These fea­tures are our main rain­mak­ers dur­ing the wet sea­son af­ter the hur­ri­cane sea­son has end­ed. While this in­clement weath­er was well fore­cast, with heav­ier ac­tiv­i­ty re­main­ing across south­ern and east­ern ar­eas, the amount of rain­fall was un­ex­pect­ed,” Ho­sein said.

He added: “Across Trinidad, we re­ceived be­tween 25 and 50 mil­lime­tres of rain­fall (1 to 2 inch­es) and iso­lat­ed to­tals over 87 mil­lime­tres (3.75 inch­es). For con­text, Trinidad, on av­er­age, records 7.5 inch­es of rain­fall for the en­tire month of No­vem­ber. We re­ceived over half a month’s worth of rain­fall in­side hours. This im­pres­sive amount of rain­fall led to the se­vere street, flash, and river­ine flood­ing across parts of south­ern Trinidad

Mean­while, dozens of court cas­es were ad­journed yes­ter­day af­ter heavy rains and floods caused the clo­sure of the Point Fortin and Siparia Mag­is­trates Courts.

The Court and Pro­to­col Unit from the Ju­di­cia­ry con­firmed that ad­verse weath­er con­di­tions forced the clo­sure of the courts. Op­er­a­tions are ex­pect­ed to re­sume to­day.

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