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Tropical weather system showing signs of strengthening as it moves towards Jamaica

Published:Monday | August 1, 2016 | 12:37 PM
Satellite imagery of the Central Caribbean showing significant showers now over Hispaniola being caused by a Tropical Wave that is moving westwards towards Jamaica.

A Tropical Storm  Watch remains in effect for Jamaica as the strong Tropical Wave over the central Caribbean continues to move closer to the island and shows signs of developing into a tropical storm. 

The Met Service says tropical storm conditions could pose a possible threat to Jamaica within 48 hours.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms associated with the Tropical Wave now span a distance of over 500 kilometres (300 miles) and is located just south of Hispaniola and the Mona Passage. 

All small craft operators including fishers from the cays and banks should be arriving in port to start preparations for safe harbour at this time.

The Met Service says as the Tropical Wave moves toward Jamaica heavy rains, thunderstorms and gusty winds are expected to reach Jamaica later today. 

Flash flooding is, therefore, likely to spread across the island tonight and Tuesday, especially over low-lying areas of southern parishes.