Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010...11:56 am

Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Jamaica

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The Meteorological Service has continued the Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of all parishes until 5.00 p.m. today.

A Flash Flood Watch means that flash flooding is possible and residents are advised to take precautionary measures, keep informed by listening to further releases from the Meteorological Service and be ready for quick action if flooding is observed or if a Warning is issued.

A strong Tropical Wave is expected to move across the island later today. Satellite imagery indicates large areas of showers and thunderstorms associated with this system and these have the capacity to produce flash floods. Widespread showers and thunderstorms, which may be heavy at times, along with gusty winds, are therefore expected as the Wave moves across Jamaica.

The Tropical Wave has the potential to develop into a tropical cyclone west of Jamaica within 48 hours. As such, marine interests, particularly fishers on the cays and banks south of the island should take precautionary measures as weather conditions are expected to deteriorate today and tomorrow. Strong, gusty winds are also likely in showers and thunderstorms over inshore and offshore areas of the north and south coasts.

All interests should also pay special attention to subsequent Releases issued by the Meteorological Service.

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