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July 4, 2021 | Vision Newspaper |

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING is being kept in force for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Elsa produces widespread rainfall and flash flooding across the island. This means that conditions associated with a tropical storm will continue today.

At 10:00 a.m. the center of Topical Storm Elsa was located near Latitude 18.7 degrees North, Longitude 76.8 degrees West, or about 69kilometres (43miles) north-northwest of Port Antonio and 38 kilometers (23miles) north of Port Maria, Jamaica.

Elsa is moving towards the west-northwest near 20km/h (13mph) and a turn towards the northwest is expected today or tonight.

On the forecast track, Elsa will continue to move from near Jamaica to parts of eastern Cuba later today and approach central Cuba tonight.

Maximum sustained  winds remain  near 95km/h (60mph), with high gusts. Some strengthening is possible today and tonight as Elsa approaches the south-central coast of Cuba; however, gradual weakening is forecast to occur on Monday when Elsa moves across Cuba. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185km (115miles) from the center.

Small craft operators, including fishers from cays and banks, are reminded to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and sea conditions have returned to normal.

The Meteorological Service continues to monitor the progress of this system and all interests must pay special attention to further Releases.

Source Office of Disaster, Preparation and Emergency Management (ODPEM)

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