Photo via The Jamaica Observer

Jamaica is in the midst of its biggest drought in years, but the country should breathe a sigh of relief, as Tropical Storm Erika is expected to bring 24-36 hours of rain, starting on Saturday.

Erika has left a trail of destruction, including 20 reported dead (so far) in Dominica. Good for Jamaica though, it is expected to pass well north of the islands, but we should receive substantial rainfall from the outer bands.


KINGSTON, Jamaica –Many will be able to breathe a sigh of relief, as rain expected from Tropical Storm Erika should put a momentary end to Jamaica’s dry spell.

This after the Meteorological Service of Jamaica issued a Severe Weather Alert effective until 5:00 am Saturday.

The Met Service in a release Friday said that on its forecasted track, the centre of Erika is expected to move well north of Jamaica by Saturday morning; however, rainfall associated with the storm is still expected to affect the island within the next 24-36 hours.

Projections are for showers and thunderstorms, which could be heavy at times, to affect the island on Saturday into Sunday.

There is also a possibility of flash flooding in isolated cases.

Sea conditions mainly north and east of the island will deteriorate in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms due to gusty winds. Fishers and other marine interests should exercise caution.

The Met Service has said that they will continue to monitor the situation.


Curated from: The Jamaica Observer


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