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Jamaica Update

Flash Flood Warning extending...... more rains through Friday

Published: Wed, Oct 20 20:47 EDT
By "Blayz" <blayzbrooks at hotmail.com>

A wet week

Since Sunday, Montego Bay and much of Jamaica has seen daily moderate to locally heavy rainfall. In fact, since the start of the month it has rained every day except October 11 and 16. The cloudiness has cooled the temperatures, today?s high only 26 deg C , the average is 31 deg C. I have not heard of any flooding or damage from the rains associated with 99L, however there has already been one death .Rjr reported that residents found the body of three-year-old Tavar Williams on Wednesday morning, several hours after he fell from his mother's arms into the river in heavy rains. This happened in Bamboo Ridge near Bartons in St. Catherine.

Store some rainwater water

Despite the abundance of rainwater, persons are being asked to store water as the National Water Commission is restive. We are currently in a similar situation to France and Britain facing budget cuts and labor woes with several public and private sector groups uneasy.


Rainfall reports Montego Bay Airport

Monday, October 18, 2010 25mm/1inches

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 45mm/1.78inches

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (ending 7pm) 12mm/0.47in

Watching an area of low pressure soon Richard

The area of low pressure located about 220miles wsw of Jamaica will likely become Tropical Storm Richard possible even Hurricane Richard by Sunday. The computer models have the system meandering west and south of Jamaica before affecting Belize - Yucatan Peninsula area. Luckily, the system is not a direct threat to Jamaica, but light to moderate and occasionally heavy showers with accumulation daily accumulations between 1-3inches/25mm-76mm daily can be expected Thursday and Friday


Flash Flood Warning Extended

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 ? 5:00 p.m.

The meteorological service has extended its flash flood warning effective until 5 p.m. tomorrow.




A FLASH FLOOD WARNING means flooding has been reported or will occur shortly.  Motorists and pedestrians should not attempt to cross flooded roadways or other low-lying areas as strong currents are likely.  Residents in low-lying areas should be on the alert for rising waters and be ready to move quickly to higher ground.


The area of Low Pressure currently west of Jamaica continues to show signs of developing into a tropical depression. This is likely to occur over the next 24 to 48 hours. 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, tonight, Thursday and Friday.


The forecast is for heavy and at times very heavy showers and thunderstorms across the island especially over western parishes tonight, Thursday and Friday. Flash flooding of low lying and flood prone areas is therefore expected.


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


The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the progress of this system


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