Thursday, September 23rd, 2010...10:28 am

Flash Flood Warning downgraded to a Watch

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The Meteorological Service has downgraded the Flash Flood Warning to a Flash Flood Watch for all parishes effective until 5.00 p.m. today.

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.

An Area of Low Pressure is currently generating unstable weather over most of the Central Caribbean. The disturbance is expected to continue moving westward and will influence the weather over Jamaica.

Satellite Imagery indicates a large area of showers with embedded thunderstorms across the central Caribbean. However, the RADAR imagery shows light to moderate showers and isolated thunderstorms offshore the north and south coasts of Jamaica.

The forecast is for cloudy conditions this morning with outbreaks of showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon across sections of most parishes. As a result, a Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for all parishes.

This area of disturbed weather has the potential to develop into a Tropical Cyclone, consequently fishers and other marine interests are advised not to venture far from port as above normal seas and strong gusty winds are likely particularly over southern waters.

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

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