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Ernesto starting to move away, warning still in effect

Sunday, August 05, 2012 | 7:03 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -A Tropical storm warning continues for Jamaica as Ernesto, although moving away, remains in the vicinity of the island.

At 4:00 pm the centre of Ernesto was located near Latitude 15.3 degrees North, Longitude 78.6 degrees West; about 220 miles south-southwest of Kingston and 205 miles south of Negril Point, Jamaica.

Ernesto is now moving towards the west near 32 km/h (20 mph) and a gradual turn toward the west-northwest with a further decrease in forward speed is expected during the next 48 hours.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles from the centre of Ernesto.

The Met Office says that light to moderate showers have been affecting most of the island, especially eastern parishes, in squalls moving from east to west. With Ernesto about to start moving away from Jamaica, it is possible that the Tropical Storm warning could be lifted later today into tomorrow morning, the Met office added.

In the meantime all small craft operators, including fishers from the cays and banks, are reminded to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been discontinued and wind and sea conditions have returned to normal.

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