The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is advising the public that the unstable weather conditions currently across the island is being caused by outer bands associated with tropical Storm Alma that is currently affecting the pacific side of several central American countries.
Tropical storm Alma is currently not a threat to Jamaica.
Consequently, the island is expected to see an increase in cloudiness with periods of showers and thunderstorms, which may be heavy at times. These conditions are likely to affect most parishes throughout today and into Friday and Saturday, especially during the afternoons and late evenings.
Flooding is possible in all low-lying communities that are vulnerable to flooding while communities particularly on the south coast are to be on the alert for any possible flooding as a result of the expected unstable weather conditions.
All emergency management personnel have been alerted to and are monitoring the situation.
The public is advised to continue monitoring the radio for further advisories and to avoid areas that are at risk from flooding and landslides. Also take the following precautions in the event of heavy rains:
- 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 are being advised to exercise caution as strong, gusty winds are likely in areas of showers and thunderstorms.
The Meteorological Service and ODPEM will continue to keep an eye on the situation and further updates will be provided as the situation demands.
Contact: Kerry-Ann Morris, Information Officer, [email protected]