Monday, September 27th, 2010...1:34 pm

Flash Flood Warning in effect for Jamaica

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The Meteorological Service has upgraded the Flash Flood Watch to a Flash Flood Warning for low-lying and flood prone areas of all parishes, effective until 5.00 p.m. tomorrow.

A Flash Flood Warning means flooding has been reported or will occur shortly. Motorists and pedestrians should not attempt to cross flooded roadways or other low-lying areas as strong currents are likely.

Residents in low-lying areas should be on the alert for rising waters and be ready to move quickly to higher ground. A broad area of Low Pressure has been producing widespread showers and thunderstorms over the northwestern Caribbean, including Jamaica .

Radar confirms that this has been occurring across the island, especially over sections of southern and northeastern parishes, throughout last night and this morning.

The forecast is for the showers and thunderstorms to continue into the night, through Tuesday and into Wednesday as this disorganised area of Low Pressure drifts northward while close to Jamaica. Some flash flooding is expected to occur as of this afternoon.

There is also a chance of this system developing into a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as conditions become favorable for gradual development.

Fishers and other marine interests are being advised to exercise caution as strong, gusty winds are likely in areas of showers and thunderstorms mainly over inshore and offshore areas south and west of the island.

The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the progress of this system.

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