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.