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BULLETIN # 15: Sandy will further strengthen
2012-10-24 13:56:24 | (0 Comments)
The Meteorological Service says Hurricane Sandy will gain further strength over Jamaica.
Sandy is now a category one hurricane moving towards the north-northeast near 20 km/h (13 mph).
A turn towards the north is expected today and tomorrow with a gradual increase in forward speed.
The Met Service says hurricane force winds extend outward up to 35 km (20 miles) from the centre, and tropical storm force winds extend up to 220 kilometres (140 miles) primarily over eastern sections of the island.
Jamaica remains under a hurricane warning.
Residents should continue to expect extensive flooding and dangerous landslides, especially over central and eastern parishes.
On the current forecast track, which has been shifted slightly eastward, tropical storm force winds are expected to spread across the country this afternoon.
Hurricane-force winds will affect mainly eastern parishes later in the afternoon as the centre of Hurricane Sandy moves over western St. Thomas and Portland.
Storm surges of 1-3 metres (3-10 feet) should be expected over coastal St. Thomas as Sandy makes landfall; however, above-normal seas could also be experienced along the north coast as the system departs this evening.
All small craft operators are advised to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions have returned to normal.
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