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JPS assessment in this afternoon

Published:Monday | August 20, 2007 | 11:08 AM

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JPS assessment in this afternoon



The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says the results of preliminary assessments in the aftermath of Hurricane Dean should be available by 1:30 p.m.

JPS Corporate Communications Manager Winsome Callum says emergency teams have been deployed islandwide to conduct the assessments.





NWC update



The National Water Commission, NWC says it has begun assessments of water systems that are currently out of operation.

Corporate Communications Manager at the NWC, Charles Buchanan says teams have begun to identify water systems which can be immediately be put back into operation.

However he says some will require electricity to be fully functional. In the meantime, Mr. Buchanan says water will also be restored on a priority basis.





MOH update



The Ministry of Health has advised that all public hospitals in the northeast Region are now offering full services.

These are the St Ann’s Bay, Port Antonio, Port Maria and Annotto Bay Hospitals.

The Noel Holmes Hospital in Hanover is also now offering full service.

The Ministry says the hospitals in the rest of the island are still currently only offering inpatient and emergency services.





Sangster Airport open



The Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay has reopened for emergency flights.

The airports management says it should be ready to accommodate commercial flights by midday.

Meanwhile a team at the Norman Manley international airport is now assessing the runway at that facility to determine when flights will resume.





Dean latest



A Hurricane Watch remains in effect for Jamaica as Hurricane Dean moves further west of the island.

The centre of Dean is forecast to continue moving away from the island today while heading towards the Cayman Islands, which will start feeling the effects this afternoon.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 150 miles per hour, with higher gusts, and Dean has the potential to reach Category five strength today.

Hurricane force winds extend outward approximately 60 miles, while tropical storm force winds extend 205 miles from the centre.