A TROPICAL STORM WARNING remains in effect for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Earl forms to the southwest of the island. This means that tropical storm conditions, including possible sustained wind speeds of 63-118 km are still expected today. At 11:00 a.m. a Hurricane Hunter aircraft located the centre of Tropical Storm Earl to be about 295 kilometres southwest of Negril Point, Jamaica or about 860 kilometres east of Belize City.
Earl is moving towards the west near 35 km and this motion is expected to continue with a decrease in forward speed for the next couple of days. On this forecast track, the centre of Earl would move farther away from Jamaica today and approach the northern coast of Honduras tonight into early Wednesday and Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula late Wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds are now near 75 km, with higher gusts, and additional strengthening is forecast before Earl reaches the Yucatan Peninsula.
Doppler radar reports confirm that, moderate to heavy showers were detected over offshore waters to the north and south of Jamaica, while, light to moderate showers continue to affect sections of southern and northwestern parishes.
Outbreaks of showers which could be heavy at times, along with thunderstorms and gusty winds are expected to continue over the island especially southern and northwestern parishes, today. Flash flooding is still, therefore, possible over low-lying and flood-prone areas.
All small craft operators, including fishers from the cays and banks, are reminded to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions return to normal.