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Flash flood watch issued for several parishes

Published:Tuesday | August 13, 2013 | 12:43 PM

The Meteorological Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St. Thomas, Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon and Manchester, with immediate effect.



A flash flood watch means that flash flooding is possible.



Residents are therefore advised to take precautionary measures, keep informed by listening to further releases from the Meteorological Service and be ready for quick action if flooding is observed or if a Warning is issued.



The Met Service says a trough which extends just west of Jamaica from an area of Low Pressure near Costa Rica, has been influencing weather conditions across the central and western Caribbean.



Satellite imagery and radar reports indicate that moderate and occasionally heavy showers and thunderstorms have been occurring across mainly southern parishes since early this morning.



The Met Service says showers and thunderstorms should continue to affect these parishes and spread to other parishes today and into Wednesday, as the area of unstable weather moves slowly toward the west.



Flash flooding is, therefore, possible as rainfall amounts could reach 50-75 millimetres (2-3 inches) today.



Fishers and other marine interests are also urged to exercise caution as strong winds are likely in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms, over the waters, particularly south of the island.



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