As the island continues to experience rainfall due to the very active tropical wave currently in the vicinity of Jamaica, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has received the following reports:
- The Yallahs Fording is impassable.
- The water level in the Bog Walk Gorge remains low and is currently passable. Motorists are however advised to proceed with extreme caution as the rainy weather continues.
- There is water along sections of the Palisadoes strip but the road is passable. Motorists are however advised to proceed with extreme caution as the rainy weather continues.
- Minor flooding is reported along the roadways in Cottage Pen in St. Thomas.
The Meteorological Service and ODPEM will continue to keep an eye on the state of affairs and further updates will be provided, as it demands. The public is advised to continue monitoring radios and televisions for further advisories, avoid areas that are at risk from flooding and landslides, and be ready for quick action if flooding is observed or if a warning is issued. Also:
- Be ready to evacuate if you live in low-lying or flood-prone areas. Decide on likely evacuation routes now. Plan to stay with family or friends in safer areas or in a public shelter and move to safety.
- Avoid flooded waterways, gullies, streams or rivers, either on foot or in vehicles.
- Fishers and other marine interests, especially fishers on the cays and banks, are being advised to exercise extreme caution should continue to exercise extreme caution as gusty winds and choppy seas may be encountered in the vicinity of thunderstorms.