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Tropica Storm Warning Remains In Effect For Jamaica

Weather conditions over Jamaica are currently being impacted by the heavy showers and thunderstorms associated with Tropical Storm Elsa. Rainfall will continue to spread across most parishes this morning as the centre of the tropical storm remains close to the island.   Flash flooding is likely in low-lying and flood prone areas today with 75-150 millimetres (3-6 inches) of rainfall in the forecast.   Strong winds, reaching to near tropical-storm-force, are also expected during at least the next 6-12 hours. These could generate 1-metre (3-foot) sea swells along coastal areas of mainly northeastern parishes.   Small craft operators, including fishers from the cays and banks, are reminded to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and sea conditions have returned to normal.   The Meteorological Service continues to monitor the progress of this system and all interests must pay special attention to further Releases.   The next Bulletin on Tropical Storm Elsa will be issued at 11:00 a.m. today.

BULLETIN NUMBER 18 FROM THE NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE

 

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING continues for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Elsa remains just off the island’s northeastern coast. This means that conditions associated with a tropical storm are still expected today.

  At 7:00 a.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Elsa was located near Latitude 18.3 degrees North, Longitude.   76.2 degrees West, or about 43 kilometres (26 miles) north of Morant Point, and 30 kilometres (18 miles) north-northeast of Port Antonio, Jamaica.

  Elsa is moving towards the west-northwest near 20 km/h (13 mph), and a turn towards the northwest is expected tonight or Monday.   On the forecast track, Elsa will stay close to northeastern Jamaica over the next few hours and then move over parts of eastern Cuba later today. By Monday, Elsa is expected to move across central and western Cuba.   Maximum sustained winds remain near 100 km/h (65 mph), with higher gusts.   Some slight strengthening is possible today as Elsa approaches the south-central coast of Cuba; however, gradual weakening is forecast to occur tonight and Monday while Elsa moves across Cuba. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 km (125 miles) from the centre.

Weather conditions over Jamaica are currently being impacted by the heavy showers and thunderstorms associated with Tropical Storm Elsa. Rainfall will continue to spread across most parishes this morning as the centre of the tropical storm remains close to the island.   Flash flooding is likely in low-lying and flood prone areas today with 75-150 millimetres (3-6 inches) of rainfall in the forecast.   Strong winds, reaching to near tropical-storm-force, are also expected during at least the next 6-12 hours. These could generate 1-metre (3-foot) sea swells along coastal areas of mainly northeastern parishes.   Small craft operators, including fishers from the cays and banks, are reminded to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and sea conditions have returned to normal.   The Meteorological Service continues to monitor the progress of this system and all interests must pay special attention to further Releases.   The next Bulletin on Tropical Storm Elsa will be issued at 11:00 a.m. today.