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Islandwide Flash Flood Watch issued

Jamaica Observer

Saturday, September 29, 2012 | 10:05 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Meteorological Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of all parishes until 5 pm.

A Flash Flood Watch means that flash flooding is possible and residents are advised to take precautionary measures, keep informed by listening to further releases from the Meteorological Service and be ready for quick action if flooding is observed or if a Warning is issued.

An Area of Low Pressure extends across the western Caribbean and has been influencing weather conditions across Jamaica since Friday. Satellite imagery and rainfall data indicate that moderate showers have been affecting sections of St Ann, St Mary, Portland, St Thomas, St Catherine, Clarendon , Kingston and St Andrew throughout last night and this morning.

The forecast is for periods of showers and thunderstorms, to continue especially across central and eastern parishes this morning and extend to western parishes by this afternoon. These could be heavy at times and as a result, flash flooding is possible over low-lying and flood-prone areas. Significant improvement is not expected until Monday.

Fishers and other marine interests are being advised to exercise caution as strong, gusty winds could be experienced in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms.

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