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Hurricane Dean pressing towards Jamaican waters Hurricane warning still in effect

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2007 | 7:08 AM

The Meteorological Service has maintained the HURRICANE WARNING for Jamaica as Hurricane Dean continues towards the island while moving south of Haiti. This means that dangerous effects of a hurricane are still expected to affect Jamaica within 24 hours.

At 4:00 a.m. the centre of Hurricane Dean was located near Latitude 16.6 degrees North, Longitude 73.4 degrees West. This is about 250 km (155 miles)South-southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, or 330 km (205 miles) east-southeast of Morant Point, Jamaica.

Dean is moving towards the west-northwest near 30 km/h (18 mph) and this general motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 230 km/h (145 mph), with higher gusts, making Dean a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. Fluctuations in strength are likely to occur today. Hurricane force winds

extend outward approximately 95 km (60 miles), while tropical storm force winds extend 335 km (205 miles) from the centre.

Satellite imagery indicates that spiral bands associated with the hurricane should shortly begin to spread across the island, starting with eastern parishes. Residents can expect increasing rainfall this morning along with gusty winds rapidly reaching tropical-storm strength. Severe flash-flooding and landslides are likely to occur across the country.

Based on the current official forecast track, the eye of Hurricane Dean is expected to begin moving over the waters just south of Jamaica early this afternoon and then follow a path adjacent to the coastline throughout the rest of the day. During this period, hurricane-force winds are likely to be experienced by most of the island, generating dangerous storm surges and battering waves along coastal areas of mainly southern parishes.

All interests should continue to monitor subsequent Releases from the Meteorological Service. The next Bulletin on Hurricane Dean will be issued at 8:00 a.m.