Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie, is giving high marks to the emergency response agencies for their preparation earlier this week for Tropical Storm Earl.

The storm passed south of Jamaica yesterday. The system resulted in heavy rains and gust winds in some sections of Jamaica.

Minister McKenzie says the preparation for the threat of Tropical Storm Earl shows that the country’s emergency preparedness mechanism is in good shape.

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Earl is expected to make landfall in Belize tomorrow as a Category one Hurricane. Last night the Met Service rescinded the Tropical Storm Warning.

Minister McKenzie says the government is thankful that the danger has passed and damage was minimal across most parishes.

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He says the national and local emergency centres have now been deactivated.

In responding to suggestions from a few persons on social media that the government may have overacted to the storm, the Minister says it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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