Jamaicans are being urged to exercise caution, as the island is now experiencing the effects of Tropical Storm Earl.
Senior Director of Preparedness at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Horace Glaze, told JIS News that wind conditions have increased slightly, resulting in the upgrade from a tropical wave to a tropical storm. Very little has changed, however, outside of the wind speed and the general organisation, so it is not expected to affect Jamaica significantly,” he informed.
He added, however, that there was some amount of shower activity largely because of the gaps between the rain bands.
“Light rain is being experienced in most parishes with isolated heavy bursts in St Elizabeth, St Mary and St Catherine,” he noted further.
“It is still manoeuvering around us, so the message is to maintain parish emergency centres. Shelter managers are urged to remain alert until the Meteorological Services Division advises that the system is no longer a threat to Jamaica,” he continued.
He added that once the rains continue, flooding is a possibility, so people should not consider that the threat has completely passed.
At 5:00 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Earl was located approximately 450 miles east of Belize City.
Tropical Storm Earl, which has formed over the western Caribbean, is moving towards the west at near 22 miles per hour and is expected to decrease in speed.
The centre of Earl will move further away from Jamaica and approach the northern coast of Honduras tonight.