UPDATE: Expect Showers & Thunderstorms Today

Expect outbreaks of showers and thunderstorms today and into Tuesday, as Hurricane Matthew approaches Jamaica.

That’s the latest projection from the Met Service as a Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Jamaica.

Matthew is expected to produce excessive rainfall especially over eastern parishes, with the greatest accumulations likely over higher elevations of Portland, St. Thomas and St. Andrew.

It says these rainfall amounts can produce extensive flooding and trigger dangerous landslides.

Wind direction across the island is expected to be generally out of the northeast as Hurricane Matthew approaches.

St. Mary, Portland, St. Thomas, Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine should experience gusty winds at first, with these becoming sustained at gale force as Matthew moves closer to Jamaica’s eastern-most point.

Wind speeds are also expected to be stronger over higher elevations, with Tropical Storm conditions expected later today and tonight over these parishes.

And…The Meteorological Service is reporting that the country might not experience hurricane force winds.

This, as Hurricane Matthew is forecast to move off the east coast of Jamaica.

That’s according to the latest update from Duty Forecaster at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jevoy Sawyers.

He says Hurricane Matthew will bring upwards of 12 inches of rainfall mainly over eastern parishes.

Mr. Sawyers says the effects of the Hurricane will be lessened for western parishes.

He says the island is expected to begin experiencing Tropical Storm conditions at approximately 10 this morning.

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