Utility companies were on full alert overnight as the storm approached. Eyes were on T&TEC following February’s blackout and the company assured all key personnel and staff were on full alert. All field staff were called out and external tree trimming personnel are to be available to assist with response activities. The nationwide blackout was caused by a fallen tree.
T&TEC said that two substations have already been deployed to Tobago and two to the North Coast and all mobile substations were on standby.
Over 70 crews are on standby nationwide, with separate crews to be routed to vulnerable regions in East Trinidad and East Tobago.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health advised that non-essential services like outpatient clinics at both hospitals and health centres were suspended. But accident and emergency locations remained open as well as all inpatient hospital services.
WASA was implementing specific measures and the authority advised that its whatsApp number, 709-7793, was available in addition to the website live chat at www.wasa.gov.tt
Sailings remain affected as well. The 6.30 am sailing from Scarborough to Port-of-Spain yesterday morning was cancelled.
Caribbean Airlines also encouraged passengers to register for real-time flight notifications and updates on possible delays or cancellations.