Tropical Storm Watch issued for Jamaica
The Meteorological Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Jamaica as the 16th Tropical Depression of the Atlantic Hurricane Season moves closer to the island. This means that tropical storm conditions pose a possible threat within 36 hours.
At 7:00 a.m. the centre of Tropical Depression Number 16 was located near Latitude 16.3 degrees North, Longitude 72.3 degrees West. This is about 255 kilometres (160 miles) south of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, or 450 kilometres (280 miles) east-southeast of Morant Point, Jamaica.
Tropical Depression #16 is moving towards the west-northwest near 11 km/h (7 mph) and this general motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are near 55 km/h (35 mph), with higher gusts, and the depression could become a tropical storm later today or tonight.
The current projection is for Tropical Depression #16 to pass over the waters between the western Haitian Peninsula and Jamaica late tonight or early Monday morning before continuing north of Jamaica towards central Cuba later in the day. It is, however, expected to produce an increase in rainfall over Jamaica today as well as gusty winds and above-normal waves, especially along the eastern and northern coastline.
Fishers and other marine operators are advised to exercise extreme caution as sea conditions are expected to deteriorate today in showers, thunderstorms and strong northeasterly winds.
The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the progress of this system and all interests, especially small craft operators, should pay special attention to subsequent Releases.
The next Bulletin on Tropical Depression #16 will be issued at 11:00 a.m.