Jamaica under Tropical Storm Watch

By Clinton McGregor    
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Jamaica.
In a post to X, the Meteorological Service said the government gave approval for the weather alert to be issued for the island with effect from 5:00 p.m. Thursday.
A Tropical Storm Watch means a tropical cyclone containing winds of 34 to 63 knots or higher poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours.
The Met Service has reported that a broad area of Low Pressure across the southwestern Caribbean is producing a large area of cloudiness with showers and thunderstorms across the region, including Jamaica.
It says the system is moving northeastward across the region, and the centre is expected to move near to, or over Jamaica on Friday afternoon, before continuing northeastward and away from the island.
The forecast is for cloudy conditions, with widespread rainfall and occasional heavy thundershowers, to affect all parishes today through to Saturday morning.
Additionally, strong gusty winds are likely especially across southern parishes.
In the meantime, there were reports of heavily flooded roadways in several parishes on Thursday.
The Met Office says St. Elizabeth received the largest amount of rainfall with 60 millimetres, followed by the Corporate Area with up to 30 millimetres.
The average rainfall amount for the entire island is 15 to 20 millimetres.

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