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Landslide renders main road from Top Derry to Montreal in St Mary impassable

Published:Saturday | November 19, 2016 | 11:47 PM

The National Works Agency (NWA) says the main road from Top Derry to Montreal in St Mary has been made impassable because of a landslide.

NWA says equipment has been dispatched to the area to have the road reopened.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning issued for low-lying and flood prone areas in St Mary and Portland until 5 o'clock this evening.

The Met Service says the flash flood watch issued for low-lying and flood prone areas in Hanover, St James, Trelawny, St Ann and St Thomas will remain in effect until 5 o'clock.

The precautions come as a stationary front east of Jamaica and a trough associated with an area of low pressure over the southwestern Caribbean continues generate unstable weather conditions across the island.

The Met Service says the forecast is for cooler than normal temperatures along with showers and thunderstorms mainly over northern and southeastern parishes such as St Ann, St Mary, Portland and St Thomas.

It says this should continue into tomorrow.

As a result, the Met Service says motorists and pedestrians should not attempt to cross flooded roadways or other low-lying areas as strong currents are likely.

The agency is also appealing to residents in low-lying areas to be on the alert for rising waters and be ready to move to higher ground.