PM urges Jamaicans to stay safe amid tropical storm watch
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Andrew Holness is urging Jamaicans to stay safe amid the tropical storm watch that is currently in effect across the island.
“I urge all Jamaicans, especially the fisher- folks and marine interests to prioritise their safety and the well-being of their families and communities. It is crucial that you stay tuned to official sources for credible and verified information. The Met Service and other Government agencies are on standby to ensure swift response should the need arise,” Holness said in a statement Thursday night.
Speaking from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Holness stated that Jamaicans must heed the advice and precautions of official sources as they make preparations for the impact of the weather.
With the potential for heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, and strong winds, the prime minister emphasised the importance of taking precautionary measures seriously and appealed to residents to stay informed, remain vigilant, and be ready for quick action.
At the same time, Holness is reassuring the public that the government is closely monitoring the situation and that every effort is being made to ensure a coordinated and effective response to potential challenges posed by the weather system.
The latest National Meteorological Service bulletin issued Thursday afternoon placed Jamaica under a Tropical Storm Watch, effective as of 5:00 pm.
A flash flood warning is also in effect for southern and eastern parishes until 8:00 am on Friday, November 17.
Jamaicans are asked to stay connected to the latest updates and information through official releases from the Meteorological Service and official government sources and authorities.