Storm watch remains as Ernesto moves south of Jamaica

Sunday, August 05, 2012 | 2:48 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - A Tropical Storm warnin remains in effect for Jamaica as Ernesto prepares to move south of the island.  This means that tropical storm conditions, including possible sustained wind speeds of 63-118 km/h, are expected for sections of the island today.

Ernesto is moving towards the west near 37 km/h (23 mph) and this motion is expected to continue today and tonight with a decrease in forward speed.  On this track, the centre of the tropical storm will pass near185 miles south of Jamaica today before moving north of Honduras on Monday.

The Met office says that Ernesto has become poorly organised but periods of heavy rainfall and strong, gusty winds from outer bands are still possible this afternoon through tonight while Ernesto remains south of the island.

All small craft operators, including fishers from the cays and banks, are reminded to remain in safe harbour.



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