Hurricane warning Contunued - Dean not changing course
A HURRICANE WARNING remains in effect for Jamaica as dangerous Hurricane Dean continues on a path towards the island. This means that the following dangerous
effects of a hurricane are expected to affect Jamaica in 24 hours or less:
- Dangerously high water and/or exceptionally highwaves, even though winds expected may be less than hurricane force; or
- Average winds of 118 km/h (64 knots or 75 mph) or higher.
At 7:00 p.m. the centre of Hurricane Dean was located near Latitude 16.0 degrees North, Longitude 71.0 degrees West. This is about 265 km (165 miles)south-southwest of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, or 580 km (360 miles)east-southeast of Morant Point, Jamaica.
Dean is moving towards the west-northwest near 28 km/h (17 mph) and this general
motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 240 km/h (150 mph), with higher gusts, and fluctuations in strength are likely during the next 24 hours. Hurricane force winds extend outward approximately 110 km (70 miles), while tropical storm force winds extend 370 km (230 miles) from the centre.
Computer models continue to project the eye of Hurricane Dean south of Haiti tonight and early Sunday and then across Jamaica on Sunday afternoon and evening.
Outer bands of the hurricane could, however, start affecting the island by late tonight or early tomorrow morning with periods of showers and gusty winds reaching near gale force. As Dean approaches the coastline, expect heavy rainfall capable of producing severe flash floods and landslides. Storm surge flooding of 1.5-3 metres above normal tide levels along with large and dangerous battering waves can be expected near the centre of Dean, especially in areas of sustained hurricane-force winds.
All interests should continue to monitor subsequent Releases from the Meteorological Service.
The next Bulletin on Hurricane Dean will be issued at 11:00 p.m.