JM | Oct 30, 2020

Jamaica braces for wet weekend as trouble brews in the Caribbean Sea

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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Jamaica seems due for another round of weekend rains as a tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean Sea continues to show signs on development on Friday (October 30).

Meteorologists at the US-based National Hurricane Center (NHC), working off their projections and environmental factors, have placed a 70 per cent likelihood for the weather disturbance to strengthen further in the next 48 hours.

“Conditions are conducive for further development of this system,
and a tropical depression is likely to form this weekend or early
next week as the system moves into the central and western Caribbean
Sea,” the NHC advised in an 8:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) bulletin.

For its part, the Jamaica Met Service has put the island on alert, advising citizens to brace for more inclement weather.

“The waters of the Caribbean Sea seem set to be troubled again this weekend and through the start of next week as a tropical wave moves into conditions favourable for development. Jamaica can expect another round of rainfall increases over the period,” the government agency tweeted.

In its three-day outlook, the Jamaica Met Service said it anticipates scattered showers and thunderstorms across the island for much of Saturday.

Widespread showers and thunderstorms are being forecast to affect Jamaica throughout Sunday and Monday, especially in southern parishes.

The next three available Greek alphabet letters in the hyperactive 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season are Eta, Theta and Iota.

The season, which officially kicked off on June 1, has seen 28 tropical depressions forming—27 of which have developed into named storms.


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