The Meteorological Service has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for Jamaica.
The island is no longer at threat of tropical storm-force winds as Hurricane Matthew continues to move away and weather conditions improve. The MET Office says at 10 a.m. the centre of Hurricane Matthew was located near Latitude 18.9 degrees North, Longitude 74.3 degrees West. This is about 230 kilometres (140 miles) east of Morant Point, Jamaica or 60 kilometres (35 miles) east of Tiburon, Haiti.
Jamaicans are being warned to take the threat of Hurricane Matthew seriously, as it travels toward the island. The Hurricane is now a Category Four weather system, and is projected to affect the country by Sunday evening or Monday morning. The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has stated that should the current strength of the Hurricane hold, up to 16 inches of rain could be dumped in eastern parishes.
ST. CATHERINE PARISH COUNCIL CALLS EMERGENCY MEETING RE IMPENDING HURRICANE MATTHEW
The St. Catherine Parish Disaster Management, Environment and Climate Change Committee called an Emergency Meeting today, Friday, September 30, 2016 in the Council’s meeting room to have discussions on impending Hurricane Matthew.
Discussions were focused on the preparation of operational plans and review by agencies, the state of critical drains and gullies and activation of the Emergency Operations Centre.
In an effort to provide the best possible information to prepare for the impending impact of Hurricane Matthew, the Manchester Parish Council has provided the public with the following maps. Please note whether you are in a flood prone/land slide area and make every effort to secure you property and person.
Source:: Hazard Maps: Hurricane Matthew
News Article for the 2016 International Coastal Clean Up. (Downloadable)