Severe Weather Alert issued

Further warnings have been issued by the Meteorological Service for Jamaicans to brace for heavy rains.

A Severe Weather Alert has been issued for all parishes effective tomorow until Monday.

Tropical Storm Isaac is forecast to move south of  Jamaica, as a Tropical Depression, producing significant rainfall activity across the island through to early next week.

A statement from the Meteorological Service says there will be periods of  showers and thunderstorms, which may be very heavy at times and most parishes will be affected.

“We are expecting an increase in rainfall …. There is also somewhat of a gale warning for offshore areas. We could see windspeeds reaching up to 45 kilometres per hour especially for the South Coast, on Sunday and Monday,” said Meteorologist, Romayne Robinson.

Rainfall totals of  50 to 100 millimetres are possible, as well as isolated amounts up to 150 millimetres, therefore, flash-flooding is likely over low-lying and flood-prone areas.

Fishers and other marine interests are advised to exercise extreme caution as sea conditions will deteriorate in the vicinity of  showers, thunderstorms and strong gusty winds while Isaac moves over the waters south of  Jamaica.

 Parish Disaster Committees on alert 

The Office of  Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management  (ODPEM), has alerted all related agencies and Parish Disaster Committees. 

As a result, Emergency Managers, Responders and Volunteers have been placed on standby. 

ODPEM is urging  the public to continue monitoring the media for further advisories and avoid areas that are at risk from flooding and landslides. 

 Hurricane Florence kills five in United States

 Hurricane Florence barreled into the Carolina coast and moved inland knocking down trees, overflowing rivers, dumping sheets of  rain and leading to the death of  five people before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of  wreaking havoc.

A mother and her baby died when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

The child's injured father was taken to a hospital. 

In the state's Pender County, a woman died of  a heart attack. paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

Two people died in Lenoir County. 

A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man perished when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs.

Florence was a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with 120 miles per hour winds as of  Thursday, but dropped to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore.

Jamaicans accounted for 

Meanwhile, the Labour Ministry says all Jamaican workers in North Carolina on the Overseas Employment Programme have been accounted for.

The Ministry says contact has been made with Jamaican workers at the Sea Island Hotel, Sonesta Hotel at Hilton Head and OMNI Hilton Head.

The Ministry has provided a local emergency contact number for family members of  these workers who are not able to reach them - 876-948-1514.

The ministry says the number will be accessible today and tomorrow, as well as during regular business hours on Monday.

Persons can also send the Ministry a message on its official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.


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