THE Meteorological Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for low-lying and flood-prone areas of all parishes until 5:00 pm today.
A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding has been reported or will occur shortly. Motorists and pedestrians should not attempt to cross flooded roadways or other low-lying areas as strong currents are likely. Residents in low-lying areas should be on the alert for fast rising waters and be ready to move quickly to higher ground.
A Tropical Wave across the western Caribbean continues to influence weather conditions across Jamaica. Satellite imagery indicates that cloudy conditions remain over much of the Caribbean, including Jamaica.
The Tropical Wave is expected to continue drifting westwards across the region today into tonight. The forecast is for widespread showers and thunderstorms which could be heavy at times, to continue to affect all parishes throughout today. Therefore, flash flooding is likely.
The potential to develop into a tropical cyclone west of Jamaica within 48 hours remains. As such, marine interests, particularly fishers on the cays and banks south of the island should exercise caution as weather conditions are expected to deteriorate today and tomorrow. Strong, gusty winds are also likely in showers and thunderstorms over inshore and offshore areas of the north and south coasts.
All interests should also pay special attention to subsequent releases issued by the Meteorological Service, which will also be posted here on www.jamaicaobserver.com.