Tuesday, September 14th, 2010...5:19 pm

Flash Flood watch remains in effect for Jamaica, tropical strom Karl forms

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

The Area of Low Pressure now located over the western Caribbean Sea developed into Tropical Storm Karl this afternoon and continues to influence weather conditions over Jamaica while moving away.

At 4.00 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Karl was located near latitude 18.3 degrees North, longitude 84.2 degrees West, or about 435 kilometres east of Chetumal, Mexico.

Karl is moving toward the west-northwest near 24 km/h. This general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed during the next couple of days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 km/h, with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected before the centre of Karl reaches the Yucatan Peninsula.

Radar reports indicate that Jamaica experienced a reduction in rainfall associated with Karl today, with widely scattered light to moderate showers and thunderstorms affecting mainly central and western parishes.

While the tropical storm has been moving slowly westward, unstable conditions are expected to persist tonight and tomorrow with showers and thunderstorms continuing mainly over western parishes. Flash flooding is, therefore, still possible in vulnerable areas.

Fishers and other marine interests are being advised to exercise caution as strong, gusty winds are likely in areas of showers and thunderstorms over northern and southern coastal areas.

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