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The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has been advised by the Meteorological Service that a FLASH FLOOD WATCH is now in effect for low-lying and flood-prone areas of all parishes across Jamaica until 5:00 p.m. today. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH means that flash flooding is possible.
In response the ODPEM has activated its duty team and all Parish Disaster Coordinators and shelter managers are now on alert.
A mid to upper level trough in the vicinity of the island produced moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms throughout last night, mainly over eastern and central parishes. As the trough moves westward across the region today, it is forecasted that weather conditions over the island will remain cloudy with moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms over most parishes. The ODPEM has received reports of flooding from the following areas in St. Thomas:
“X Dumphries”X Browns Gully”X Paul Bogle High School and surrounding areas
The public is advised to continue monitoring the radio for further advisories and to avoid areas that are at risk from flooding and landslides. Also take the following precautions:
“X Be ready to evacuate if you live in low-lying or flood-prone areas. Decide on likely evacuation routes now. Plan to stay with family or friends in safer areas or in a public shelter and move to safety.
“X Avoid flooded waterways, gullies, streams or rivers, either on foot or in vehicles.
“X Move your refrigerator, stove and furniture to a higher floor, or place them on building blocks and secure to the wall.
“X Do not walk outside barefooted during or after the flood event.
“X Bury all dead animals right after flooding has subsided.
Fishers and other marine interests must exercise caution due to deteriorating sea conditions in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms, over both inshore and offshore areas.
The Meteorological Service and ODPEM will continue to monitor the situation and further updates will be provided as the situation demands.

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