Hurricane Tomas still a threat to Jamaica

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Hurricane Tomas has weakened from a Category Two to a Category One storm.

It was located near latitude 14.4 degrees north and longitude 64.9 degrees west or about 465 kilometres south southeast of San Juan Puerto Rico or about 425 kilometres west of St. Lucia yesterday evening.

It is moving toward the west near 19 kilometres per hour.

This general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

In its latest update, the Met Office said maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 120 kilometres an hour with higher gusts.

The Met Office forecast that Tomas could weaken into a Tropical Storm over the next 24 hours followed by little change in strength Monday night and Tuesday.

However, the Met Office warned that Hurricane Tomas still has the potential to become a significant threat to weather conditions over Jamaica and its territorial waters over the next few days.

At the same time, the Met Office has advised fishers on the cays and banks to complete their preparations and be on alert to evacuate.