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PM Holness calls emergency hurricane planning meeting for six o'clock

Published:Thursday | September 29, 2016 | 2:22 PM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has called an emergency meeting with officials for six o'clock this evening over the potential threat of Hurricane Matthew.

"All Members of Parliament and emergency personnel including senior officers of ODPEM, MET Office, JDF and JCF are expected to participate in the meeting," read a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister where the meeting will be held.

Yesterday, Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives, Derrick Smith, told MPs that they should be on standby for the meeting.

He said time would be given for rural MPs to come into Kingston.

Matthew strengthened into the fifth named hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season earlier today.

It formed in the eastern Caribbean yesterday and the Met Office in a severe weather alert has said the system could affect Jamaica as early as Friday.

IN PHOTO: This NOAA satellite image taken today at 12:45 AM EDT shows tropical storm Matthew clearly in view, moving across the Lesser Antilles in a westward direction at 16 MPH.  – AP