Hurricane Dean Spreading across Jamaica
Met Service Bulletin No. 16 at 1 p.m.
A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Jamaica as heavy rains associated with Hurricane Dean move across the island. This means that dangerous effects of a hurricane are still expected over Jamaica within 24 hours.
At 1:00 p.m. the centre of Hurricane Dean was located near Latitude 17.1 degrees North, Longitude 76.0 degrees West, or about 85 km (52 miles) south-southeast of Morant Point, Jamaica.
Dean is now moving west-northwestward at near 30 km/h (18 mph) and a general motion towards the west or west-northwest is expected during the next 24 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are near 230 km/h (145 mph), with higher gusts; hence Dean remains a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. Fluctuations in strength are, however, still possible. Hurricane force winds extend outward approximately 95 km (60 miles), while tropical storm force winds extend 335 km (205 miles) from the centre.
Radar reports and satellite imagery indicate that rainfall in the spiral bands associated with the hurricane have been spreading across sections of most parishes. This will continue throughout the day and could produce severe flash-flooding and life-threatening landslides over the island. Storm-force winds are also being reported from sections of the island and will also intensify and spread from east to west.
Based on the official forecast track, the eye of Hurricane Dean will move over the waters very close to Jamaica’s south coast for the rest of the day. Hurricane-force winds are likely to be experienced over most of the island, generating dangerous storm surges and battering waves, especially along southern coastal areas.
All interests should continue to monitor subsequent Releases from the Meteorological Service. The next Bulletin on Hurricane Dean will be issued at 5:00 p.m.