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Flash Flood Warning extended for eastern and central parishes in Jamaica.Watch for Western Jamaica

2017-06-17 08:57:28 | (0 Comments)

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has issued a Flash Flood Warning for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St. Mary, Portland, St. Thomas, Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, Trelawny and St. Ann effective until 5:00 p.m. today.

A Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland, Hanover and St. James.

A large Area of Disturbed Weather and a Tropical Wave now moving across Jamaica, continue to influence weather conditions across the island. Although the Tropical Wave is expected to move away from the island later today, the larger Area of Disturbed Weather is expected to linger across the western Caribbean through to Sunday. Atmospheric conditions will therefore remain unstable and deteriorating weather conditions are expected to continue over Jamaica through to tomorrow morning.

Satellite imagery and Radar reports indicated that light to moderate showers, and at times, heavy showers affected all parishes last night through to this morning.

Moderate to heavy showers are expected to continue to affect sections of all parishes today. Flash flooding is, therefore, likely over some low-lying and flood-prone areas of eastern and central parishes.

Fishers and other marine interests are advised to exercise caution, as strong gusty winds are likely in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms.

Conditions appear to be favourable for gradual development of this large disturbance while it moves slowly northwestward across the Yucatan Peninsula this weekend and into the south-central Gulf of Mexico early next week.

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING means that 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 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.

Source: The Gleaner/Power 106 News

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