Two articles from T&T Express website (which was down but back up again).
Link to the Express is: http://www.trinidadexpress.com/
[Approx. noon AST] Hurricane Ivan is a category 3 hurricane.
It is bringing a lot of water and high winds to Tobago.
Our TV6 Tobago reporter (Patrice Price)is seeing people moving to gevernment shelters and high winds. There are over 120 people in shelters. The roads have debris and there is high water. Hurricane Ivan is expected to pass Tobago in about 90 minutes.
NEMA has held a press briefing on hurricane preparedeness and shelters. The police and military are all on alert with round the clock patrols. In Tobago the Eastern area is expected to be hardest hit and enhanced patrols will be in place. At the briefing police, fire and military spokemen assured the public of their readiness to assist.
13:30 Update -Ivan is now right over North Tobago.
A call from Max James at Channel 5 Tobago (off the air due to power loss)indicates that visibility is minimum, wind is very strong with power down in many areas, poles breaking, trees bent at over 40 degrees. He indicates that water on the ocean is over 20 feet. Galvanise on schools blowing off as well as houses. Channel 5 is on signal hill and is observing galvanise being ripped off the local school. Max own phrase is "peeling roofs off like banana skins"
The eye is passing to the North so Tobago will not receive mximum winds according to the weather men. However it is predicted that significant smaage will be experienced in agriculture. Winds should die off in about 2 hours. Storms and winds will continue through the evening but at lower than hurricane streght.