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St Thomas ‘underwater’, scores relocated to Easington Primary for shelter

Several roadways in St Thomas are impassable due to the heavy rains impacting the island.

According to the National Works Agency (NWA)  the  main road from Yallahs to Pamphret to Morant Bay in the parish have been flooded and are impassable.

In addition the  Morant Bay to Port Morant, Pleasant Hill to Hectors River, Bath to Hordley and Hordley to Haining have also been described as impassable.

The flooding has also impacted the dwellings of  scores of residents who have had to be relocated to shelters.

The Den understands that at least 30 residents of Easington in the parish have taken refuge at a primary school, with the St. Thomas Municipal Corporation having had to provide food and water supplies.

According to the local Met Service, Jamaica will continue to experience inclement weather due to the outer bands of Hurricane Eta.

The service has extended flash flood warnings for low-lying and flood-prone areas of northeastern and southern parishes: St. Mary, Portland, St. Thomas, Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon Manchester, St Elizabeth and Westmoreland.

The warning remains in effect until Thursday (Nov 5) at 5:00p.m.

The category 4 hurricane Tuesday which battered Nicaragua peeling off roofs and caused major flooding and landslides has degenerated into a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

Eta could return to the Caribbean and head toward South Florida this weekend or early next week.

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