Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Flash flood warning issued for eastern and south-central parishes

The Metrological Service of Jamaica has upgraded its flash flood watch to a flash flood warning for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St Mary, Portland, St Thomas, Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon, and Manchester.

The Metrological Service in a release reported that a persistent trough of low pressure across the western Caribbean continues to produce unstable weather conditions across the island, resulting in heavy showers and thunderstorms.

Since the Metrological service made the report the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) said it has received reports of flooding and landslides in the following parishes:

 St Thomas

 Kingston and St Andrew

 Clarendon

 St Catherine

A flash flood watch means that flooding is possible while a flash flood warning means that flooding has been reported or will occur shortly.

Residents are advised to take precautionary measures, keep informed by listening to releases from the Meteorological Service and the ODPEM, and be ready for quick action if flooding is observed.

Motorists and pedestrians should not attempt to cross flooded roadways or other low-lying areas.

Residents in low-lying areas should be on the alert for rising waters and be ready to move quickly to higher ground.

Persons are advised to take the following precautions:

1. Be ready to evacuate if you live in low-lying or flood-prone areas. Decide on likely evacuation routes now.

2. Avoid flooded waterways, that is, fording, gullies, streams, or rivers, either on foot or in vehicles.

3. Ensure that all important documents are secured in plastic bags or waterproof containers.

4. Shut off all electrical power, gas and water supplies in areas that are in immediate danger of flooding.

The ODPEM has advised that it will continue to monitor the system and provide the public with further information.

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