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BULLETIN #19 issued by the Meteorological Service at 5:00 a.m. on Monday, August 28, 2006.

Published:Monday | August 28, 2006 | 10:10 AM

ALL WARNINGS LIFTED FOR JAMAICA



The Meteorological Service has discontinued the TROPICAL STORM WARNING for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Ernesto moves closer to Cuba and away from Jamaica.



At 4:00 a.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Ernesto was located near Latitude 19.6 degrees North, Longitude 75.4 degrees West. This is about 170 kilometres (105 miles) north-northeast of Port Antonio, Jamaica, or 70 kilometres (45 miles) south-southwest of Guantanamo, Cuba.



Ernesto is moving towards the northwest near 19 km/h (12 mph) and this general motion is expected to continue over the next 24 hours. On this track, the centre of the tropical storm is projected to make landfall along the southeastern coast of Cuba later this morning.



Maximum sustained winds are near 85 km/h (50 mph), with higher gusts; and some slight strengthening is possible during the morning. Jamaica is, however, outside the range of tropical storm force winds, which extend outward up to 110 kilometres (70 miles) from the centre.



As Tropical Storm Ernesto moves away, there is still the potential for spiral bands, associated with the system, to produce periods of showers and thunderstorms over sections of the island today.



Small craft operators are reminded to remain in safe harbour until wind and sea conditions have returned to normal.



This is the final Bulletin on Tropical Storm Ernesto that will be issued by the Meteorological Service. Further updates on this system will be contained in regular News Releases