Flash Flood Watch for all parishes

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The Meteorological Service yesterday warned citizens in low-lying and flood-prone areas to be on the alert for rising waters and be ready to move quickly to higher ground, as it extended a flash flood watch for all parishes until 5:00 this afternoon.

The Met Service said heavy showers and thunderstorms were expected to continue affecting the island into Friday, with the possibility of flash flooding in low-lying and flood-prone areas.

At the same time, it warned that the area of low pressure west of Jamaica continued to show signs of developing into a tropical depression.

"Although the system has drifted towards the island, the centre is projected to remain offshore over southwestern waters. Due to the presence of this system, unstable weather conditions are expected to continue over Jamaica... Thursday and Friday," the Met Service said.

Fishers and other marine interests were strongly advised to exercise caution over southern and northwestern waters as strong winds and rough seas were expected near areas of showers and thunderstorms.