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Flood-prone areas could be impacted by Tropical Storm Harvey

Published:Saturday | August 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Jamaicans are being asked to brace for thunderstorms and potential flooding as the country could experience heavy rainfall associated with the outer bands of Tropical Storm Harvey.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and the Meteorological Service of Jamaica continue to watch the development of the system.

As of early Friday morning, almost 4.5 inches of rain had already fallen in Barbados, and the storm was expected to dump at least two inches of rain on the Leeward and Windward Islands before moving in a westerly direction.

"Tropical Storm Harvey should pass well south of Jamaica on Sunday into Monday. While it is not predicted that we will experience tropical storm conditions, the weather condition across the island could deteriorate," said a statement from the Met Office.

"With this will come the possibility of poor sea conditions on the south coast, flooding in low-lying areas and landslides in hilly terrains," it said.

Jamaicans are advised to take the necessary precautions and continue to monitor credible media sources as the storm treks westward across the Caribbean.