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FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FOR LOW-LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS OF EASTERN AND CENTRAL PARISHES

Published:Monday | August 28, 2006 | 2:25 PM

The Meteorological Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of eastern and central parishes, effective until 5:00 p.m. today.



FLASH FLOOD WATCH means flash flooding is possible and residents are advised to check 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.



Doppler radar indicates that light-to-moderate and at times heavy showers have been occurring over eastern and central parishes.



The Surface Trough induced by Tropical Storm Ernesto that has been influencing weather conditions over Jamaica and its coastal waters will continue to produce outbreaks of showers across the island today. These showers will increase the chance of flooding in low-lying and flood-prone areas as spiral bands associated with Tropical Storm Ernesto move across the island today.



Improvement in the weather is expected on Wednesday as Tropical Storm Ernesto drifts further away.



Fishers and other marine interests are urged to exercise caution, as gusty winds and choppy seas may be encountered in the vicinity of thunderstorms.





The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the situation.