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Heavy rains lash Jamaica

Published:Sunday | April 18, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Meteorological Service yesterday issued a flash-flood warning for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St Mary, Portland, St Thomas, St Andrew, Kingston and St Catherine as the clouds finally opened after months of one of the worst droughts in Jamaica's history.

According to the Met Service, weather conditions were being influenced by a trough across the western Caribbean, west of Jamaica.

Satellite imagery indicated cloudy conditions across most parishes Friday night into Saturday, with strongest activity affecting sections of eastern parishes.

The rainfall is expected to last through the weekend as the trough gradually moves towards Jamaica by tomorrow.

More showers today, tomorrow

The Met Service forecast is for periods of showers and isolated thunderstorms across most parishes, with more significant activity for eastern parishes today into tomorrow.

In the meantime, the National Works Agency (NWA) is to report to Cabinet tomorrow on the effects of the heavy rains.

The NWA yesterday announced that it was conducting an assessment of several roadways that were affected by heavy rainfall.

In Portland, a breakaway along a section of the Comfort Castle roadway worsened, while roadways in the Buff Bay Valley were also affected by heavy rainfall.

In St Elizabeth, the roadway from Aberdeen to Quickstep was blocked, but it was reopened yesterday following work with heavy equipment to remove a boulder.

The boulder also damaged a section of the corridor, which has since been temporarily restored.