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Tropical Storm Earl away from Jamaica but still causing rain

Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2016 | 8:16 PM
Satellite imagery showing Tropical Storm Earl now westward of Jamaica. However, the system will continue to produce showers locally.

Tropical Storm Earl, the system impacting weather conditions over Jamaica, has now moved away from the island and is continuing on its westward path but continues to produce pockets of rainfall.

Earl is the fifth Tropical Storm of the 2016 Hurricane Season.

It was officially upgraded from a Tropical Wave this morning as it moved away from Jamaica.

Earlier today, the Meteorological Service of Jamaica forecast outbreaks of heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds over most of the island, especially southern parishes.

The Met office also advised that flash flooding is still possible over low-lying and flood-prone areas as the the storm is moving away.

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

Meanwhile, the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre says the centre of Tropical Storm Earl was located near latitude 16.3 North and  longitude 80.2 West as at midday today.

It says Earl is moving toward the west near 22 miles per hour and is expected to decrease in forward speed over the next few days.

The centre of Tropical Storm Earl will be moving very close to the north coast of Honduras late tonight to tomorrow and will approach Belize and the Yucatan peninsula late tomorrow.

Earl has maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The centre says some additional strengthening is forecast before Earl reaches the Yucatan peninsula.

The Governments of Mexico and Belize have issued a Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch for the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula from Punta Allen, Mexico, southward to the Belize/Guatemala border.

In the meantime, it says Earl is expected to produce an additional 2 to 4 inches of rainfall over Jamaica.

The centre says total rain accumulations of 8 to 12 inches are expected over portions of Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, and the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 16 inches in Mexico and Belize.