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MET Office: Tropical Storm Warning discontinued for Jamaica

Published:Tuesday | October 4, 2016 | 10:31 AM

The Meteorological Service has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for Jamaica.

The island is no longer at threat of tropical storm-force winds as Hurricane Matthew continues to move away and weather conditions improve.

The MET Office says at 10 a.m. the centre of Hurricane Matthew was located near Latitude 18.9 degrees North, Longitude 74.3 degrees West. 

This is about 230 kilometres (140 miles) east of Morant Point, Jamaica or 60 kilometres (35 miles) east of Tiburon, Haiti.

Matthew is moving toward the north near 17 km/h (10 mph). On this track, the eye of Matthew will move over the Windward Passage and eastern Cuba today.

A turn toward the north-northwest is expected by Wednesday, followed by a northwest turn Wednesday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 230 km/h (145 mph), with higher gusts, making Matthew a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. 

Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through at least Wednesday night.

The MET Office says although Matthew is no longer considered a threat to Jamaica, the island could continue to experience isolated showers and thunderstorms, especially over eastern parishes. Residents are, therefore, advised to remain on the alert should periodic outbreaks of showers cause localised flooding.

Small craft operators should also continue to exercise caution until wind and sea conditions have returned to safe levels.

This is the final Bulletin on Hurricane Matthew that will be issued by the Meteorological Service. 

Further updates on this system and current weather conditions will be included in News Releases and regular forecasts.