Hurricane warning remains in effect for Jamaica

A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Jamaica, as Category 5 Hurricane Beryl continues to threaten the island with devastating impacts. 

Beryl is expected to bring life-threatening winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge to Jamaica tomorrow. 

In its latest advisory, the Met Office says as at 10 A.M., the eye of  Hurricane Beryl was located about 555 miles east south-east of Kingston, Jamaica and about 235 miles from the Dominican Republic. 

Beryl is moving towards the west-northwest near 22 miles per hour and is forecast to continue moving rapidly, west north-westward during the next few days. 

It is expected to then turn west ward on Thursday.

The MET Service says weakening should begin later today but Beryl is still expected to be near major hurricane intensity as it moves into the Central Caribbean and passes near Jamaica on Wednesday and the Cayman Islands on Thursday.  

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 65 km from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 km.

Based on the current official forecast track, the eye of Hurricane Beryl is expected to be south of Hispaniola on Tuesday afternoon and evening before it moves just southeast of Jamaica on Wednesday morning and then follows a path over or along the coastline throughout the rest of the day. 

As the centre of Beryl moves closer to the island, expect heavy rainfall to begin affecting the island early on Wednesday.  

This would later be accompanied by possible hurricane-force winds across the island, dangerous storm surges, and battering waves along coastal areas of mainly southern parishes.

The Meteorological Service continues to monitor the progress of  Hurricane Beryl and all interests are encouraged to pay special attention to further releases. 

It says it will issue the next bulletin on this system at 2:00 P.M.


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