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As a tropical storm packing winds in excess of 60 miles per hour barrels towards Jamaica, , a TROPICAL STORM WARNING remains in effect for the island. This means that tropical storm conditions, including possible sustained wind speeds of 63-118 km/h (39-73 mph) are still expected.

Rains have already started in Portmore, St. Elizabeth, Clarendon and Manchester as the system is producing heavy rainfall along the south coast. The Jamaica Public Service last night urged its customers to take the necessary precautions as the expected strong winds from the tropical system could break power lines and bring trees in contact with the power delivery system, while heavy rains could cause landslides and wash away utility poles.

At 4:00 this morning, satellite imagery showed a large area of disturbed weather, associated with the Tropical Wave, centred approximately 130 kilometres (80 miles) south of Kingston, Jamaica, and covering most of the island to the north. Movement appeared to be near 20 km/h (13 mph) toward the west. Significant gusty squalls and heavy rainfall will impact Jamaica on Tuesday and the Cayman Islands during Tuesday night. Flash flooding and mudslides can occur.


 The MET service, in a release, said that the Tropical Wave has showed signs of becoming better organized during the night and Doppler radar reports indicate that although the Wave is producing heavy rainfall offshore the south coast of the island, light to moderate rainfall has been occurring mainly over southern as well as north-central and northeastern parishes. Strong winds of 64-74 km/h (40-45 mph) have also been detected, particularly along coastal areas of southern parishes.



As the Wave continues to move westward, outbreaks of heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds are expected to continue over most of the island, especially southern parishes, today. Flash flooding is still possible over low-lying and flood-prone areas.

All small craft operators, including fishers from the cays and banks, are reminded to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions return to normal.


The next Bulletin will be issued at 8:00 a.m. today as the Meteorological Service continues to monitor the progress of this strong Tropical Wave

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