Tropical depression Earl is expected to develop into a tropical storm early Tuesday morning as it passes over Jamaica within the next 48 hours. The latest reports are that a plane is expected to fly into the system to determine the updated tempo at which the tropical depression is developing. Emancipation Day celebration in Jamaica have been cancelled or postpone until advised otherwise. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has advised all residents living in low lying areas to evacuate their premises. They have also issued a flash flood and tropical storm warning.
Preparation is priority for most Jamaicans currently as most grocery stores are closed because of the holiday, but are advised to reopen so that the general public can have access to all the things they need to adequately prepare themselves for the storm such as food, lighting and water. Jamaicans are also advised to chop down large trees that could fall on their houses or other people and explore different security measures to ensure that the their houses are “hurricane proof”( batten windows and doors) amongst other natural disasters preparedness techniques.
The yellow and red areas are the most active parts of the system
Outbreak of showers and thunderstorms storm is expected for all parishes starting Monday, August 1 and continue throughout Wednesday as the tropical depression makes it way across the eastern Caribbean. Islands such as Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago are to also experience showers and thunderstorms associated with the Tropical depression Earl.Weather forecaster predict strong rains and winds in the northeastern and southeastern parishes of Jamaica.
How a tropical system operates?
While the tropical system moves forward, it is also moving in a circular motion. That is why fluctuating scattered showers occur as the system develops.
So even though there might not be heavy rainfall initially, there is a small craft warning in effect over the southern waters of Jamaica.
The off shores will see winds at 20 KT up to 30 KT as the tropical depression leaves Jamaica on Wednesday evening. Persons departing Jamaica on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 are advised to try to use the Sangsters International Airport, in Montego Bay as it is located in western Jamaica which will be experiencing less adverse effects of the tropical depression Earl.