Met Service issues flash flood watch for 9 parishes

KINGSTON, Jamaica -The Meteorological Service has issued a flash flood watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St Elizabeth, Manchester, Clarendon, St Catherine, Kingston, St Andrew, St Thomas, Portland and St Mary, effective until 5:00 pm on Friday.

This was announced in a press release on Thursday.

At the same time, the Meteorological Service stated that a cold front currently moving across the island, is responsible for the unstable weather conditions.

“Observational and Satellite Data indicate that moderate to heavy showers have been occurring mainly across sections of southern and northeastern parishes since mid-morning. The forecast is for light to moderate showers to continue tonight across sections of south-central and eastern parishes and periods of moderate showers which could be heavy at times, and thunderstorms to affect sections of most parishes tomorrow, therefore flash flooding is likely,” the release said.

The Meteorological Service urged fishers on the north and south coasts to exercise caution as sea conditions will deteriorate in the vicinity of showers, thunderstorms and strong winds.

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.

The Meteorological Service said it will continue to monitor this system, and for further information, citizens can dial 116, visit its website at

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