Tropical Storm watch lifted
BULLETIN No: 10
The Meteorological Service has discontinued the Tropical Storm Watch for Jamaica with immediate effect as there is no longer any threat of tropical storm conditions for the island from Tropical Storm Noel.
At 10:00 a.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Noel was located near Latitude 19.9 degrees North, Longitude 73.0 degrees West. This is about 400 kilometres (250 miles) east-northeast of Morant Point, Jamaica, or 130 kilometres (80 miles) east-southeast of the eastern tip of Cuba.
Noel is moving towards the north-northwest near 19 km/h (12 mph) and this general motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are now near 75 km/h (45 mph), with higher gusts, and little change in strength is forecast today.
Tropical Storm Noel is about to emerge from Haiti over the western Atlantic Ocean and is expected to move through the chain of Bahama Islands later today and tonight. Periods of rainfall could, however, continue to affect sections of Jamaica today as the storm moves away.
Small craft operators are advised to remain in safe harbour until wind and sea conditions have returned to normal.
This is the final Bulletin that will be issued by the Meteorological Service on Tropical Storm Noel; however, further updates will be included in regular News Releases.