Winds wreak havoc

The country awoke to extreme weather this morning that left citizens in parts of Trinidad shaken and in traffic gridlock.

Early in the morning gusty winds felled trees, blocking several roadways and damaging vehicles. Reports from the Disaster Management Unit of the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation said while there were no instances of injury to persons, there was property damage.

In St. Augustine, trees were reported fallen on the roadways bordering the Hugh Wooding Law School as well as at the Lakshmi Girls Hindu College. Valsayn was also affected when a tree fell onto a car, damaging the vehicle and causing traffic congestion. Other areas affected by damage caused by the debris and strong winds include Maracas St. Joseph and Surrey Village in Lopinot.  Reports also recorded fallen trees along the North Coast Road, Barataria, and Santa Cruz. Residents in Laventille, Morvant and San Juan have reportedly had the roofs blown off their homes.

Commuters and motorists met traffic gridlock along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in the vicinity of St Augustine and Valsayn, and they were also advised to avoid the Lady Young Road due to obstruction.

The Regional Corporation said it provided the necessary paperwork to victims of property damage in order to receive assistance from the National Commission for Self Help.

The Works Ministry opened the Priority Bus Route (PBR) to the public until 10am, however many motorists were spotted using the PBR well past the 10 a.m. cut off time.

The MET office has said the country will continue to experience imclement weather throughout the day.

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