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Flash flood warning remains in effect for Jamaica despite passage of Hurricane Ida

The Met Service has said that a flash flood warning remains in effect for Jamaica until Saturday (August 28) at 8:00 a.m.

According to the Met Service, as Ida continues to move further away from Jamaica, the country will continue to experience unstable weather of showers and thunderstorms caused by the outer bands of the hurricane for several more hours across sections of most parishes.

While weather conditions over Jamaica have begun to show signs of improvement with showers decreasing in most areas, flash flooding is expected to occur over low-lying and flood-prone areas of all parishes.

Southern and northwestern will continue to be the most impacted.

Tropical Storm Ida upgraded to Hurricane

Ida on Friday at 4:00 pm intensified into a hurricane.

The centre of Hurricane Ida was located near latitude 22.1 degrees North, longitude 83.2 degrees West with maximum winds of 120 kph just before making landfall in Cuba.

Forecasters predict that the storm could intensify when it enters the Gulf of Mexico.

It is projected to pass over western Cuba during the next several hours and then moves over the southeastern and central Gulf of Mexico later tonight and Saturday.

Ida is forecast to on Sunday expected to make landfall on the US northern Gulf coast within the hurricane warning area.

The Met Service used the occasion to encourage Jamaicans to stay alert as it continues to monitor the progress of hurricane Ida.


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