FELIX PRESSES WESTWARD …TROPICAL STORM WATCH STILL IN EFFECT
A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Jamaica as Hurricane Felix moves over the southern Caribbean Sea. This means that tropical storm conditions pose a possible threat within 36 hours.
At 7:00 a.m. the centre of Hurricane Felix was located near Latitude 13.0 degrees North, Longitude 69.3 degrees West. This is about 95 km (60 miles) northeast of Aruba or 910 km (565 miles) southeast of Morant Point, Jamaica.
Felix is moving towards the west-northwest near 30 km/h (18 mph) and a general motion towards the west or west-northwest is expected during the next 24 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are near 160 km/h (100 mph), with higher gusts, making Felix a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Hurricane force winds extend outward approximately 30 km (18 miles), while tropical storm force winds extend about 185 km (115 miles) from the centre.
The forecast track of Hurricane Felix is projecting the centre of the cyclone just north of Colombia’s Guajira Peninsula this afternoon and approximately 300 km (190 miles) south of Jamaica by Monday morning. Although this
is relatively far from the island’s coastline, Felix could, at that time, be a Category 3 or 4 hurricane with outer bands and tropical storm force winds extending over a wide area to the north, including Jamaica.
All small craft operators, including fishers from the cays and banks, should by now be in port and are urged to complete their necessary safety precautions.
The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the progress of this system and all interests should pay special attention to subsequent Releases.
The next Bulletin on Hurricane Felix will be issued at 11:00 a.m.