The Met Service says the island is set to experience heavy rainfall this weekend, due to the effects of Tropical Storm Erika.

The head of the Weather Branch at the Met Service, Evon Thompson, says the storm is not a direct threat to Jamaica.

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Mr. Thompson says some flooding is also expected.

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Meanwhile, reports of deaths, major landslides and flooding are coming out of Dominica, as Tropical Storm Erika battered the tiny eastern Caribbean island on Wednesday.

Unofficial reports are that at least two persons, believed to be brothers, are dead and at least three others are missing.

Several houses have reportedly been washed away along with motor vehicles.

Dominica’s two airports at Melville Hall and Canefield have been flooded.

Meanwhile Erika continues to dump rain on Antigua and Guadeloupe, as it continues on a path to the Virgin Islands.

The storm, packing winds of near 50-miles per hour, was about 30 miles southeast of Antigua and 35 miles north of Guadeloupe.

Erika is moving to the west at near 16-miles per hour and is expected to turn towards the west-northwest late today.

Erika is expected to drop up to eight inches of rain on parts of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeast Bahamas.

In anticipation of Erika’s arrival, businesses, government offices, schools and airports in some of the affected islands have closed and shelters opened.

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