Jamaica still under Tropical Storm Warning

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weather-update.jpgTropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Earl moves over the western Caribbean. This means that tropical storm conditions, including possible sustained wind speeds of 63-118 km/h (39-73 mph) are still expected today.

At 4:00 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Earl was located near Latitude 16.4 degrees North, Longitude 81.5 degrees West, or about 325 kilometres (200 miles) south of Grand Cayman or 725 kilometres (450 miles) east of Belize City.

Earl is moving towards the west near 26 km/h (16 mph) and this motion is expected to continue through Thursday. On this track, the core of Earl will pass just north of the Honduras Bay Islands on Wednesday afternoon and then very near to the Belize coast early Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 80 km/h (50 mph), with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast and Earl could be near hurricane strength as it approaches Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Doppler radar reports confirm that, isolated moderate to heavy showers were detected over offshore waters to the north and south of Jamaica, while, light to moderate showers continue to affect sections of most parishes. Gusty winds of 61-76 km/h (38-47 mph) have also been detected, over some coastal areas of eastern and central parishes.

Over Jamaica, residents should still expect outbreaks of showers which could be heavy at times, along with thunderstorms and gusty winds this evening and into the night. Flash flooding is, therefore, still possible over low-lying and flood-prone areas.

Showers and thunderstorms are however expected to decrease on Wednesday as Earl and its associated weather moves farther away from Jamaica and closer to Belize.

All small craft operators are reminded to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions return to normal.