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Tomas forces early closures in eastern Jamaica

Published:Friday | November 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Several locations in eastern Jamaica are expected to remain closed today after they were forced to shut their doors prematurely yesterday in anticipation of Tropical Storm Tomas.

The United States Embassy's Consular Section, which was forced to close early yesterday, said in a release that it would suspend business today.

Information from the embassy is that steps are being taken to reschedule consular interviews originally scheduled for the period.

"Non-immigrant visa applicants who were scheduled for visa appointments on Friday, November 5 will now automatically be rescheduled for Friday, November 12," the embassy said. "If it is necessary to cancel appointments on Monday, November 8, those appointments will be automatically rescheduled for Wednesday, November 17."

The Tax Administration advised that in keeping with directives from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, all its offices located in Kingston and St Andrew, St Thomas, Portland and St Mary were closed at noon yesterday.

Director of communications in the Tax Administration Services Department, Meris Haughton, said an assessment of the weather situation will be done to determine if the offices should remain closed today.

Also, in light of Tomas, the offices of the National Environment and Planning Agency and the Office of The Children's Registry, which were closed early yesterday, could remain closed today if poor weather persists.

Also affected are the Ministry of Education Career Advancement Programme diagnostic examinations, which were scheduled for today at Tacky High School in St Mary. The exams will instead take place next Tuesday.

- Nadisha Hunter