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18 May 2017 description

NATURE OF EVENT

The Meteorological Service has advised that a Trough west of Jamaica has been influencing the weather conditions across the island since Saturday night. Satellite imagery and Radar reports indicated light to moderate showers across affected all parishes especially sections of central and eastern parishes throughout the night.

Current projections are for light to moderate and at times heavy showers, along with thunderstorms, to continue affecting sections of all parishes through to Thursday May 18, 2017.

17 May 2017 description

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is urging citizens to continue to be vigilant as the rainfall affecting sections of the island is expected to continue through-out the day. The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has advised that the Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for low-lying and flood prone areas of St. Mary, Portland, St. Thomas, Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland.

30 Apr 2017 description

Mr. Speaker…

• The Trough that affected the western Caribbean and brought sustained light to heavy rains to Jamaica since late last week, is expected to dissipate today.
• In the space of a few short days, a number of parishes have been affected by flooding and landslides, as a result of the extensive rains influenced by the Trough.
• In Clarendon alone Mr. Speaker, information from the National Meteorological Service is that almost 10 inches of rain was dumped on the parish in two days.

27 Apr 2017 description

By Latonya Linton April 26, 2017

Story Highlights

  • Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government are now assessing the full impact of the rains that swept the island last week.

  • “The intention is to use this information to implement a comprehensive Assistance Programme to restore dignity to our affected citizens. The details of the programme will be shared with the House in due course,” he said.

18 Nov 2016 description

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has advised that there is currently a frontal system located West of Jamaica. The system should be within the island’s vicinity this evening and forecasted to travel across the island tomorrow.

Periodic outbreak of showers in the North Eastern section of the island has resulted in incidences of flooding being reported in the parish of Portland.

Reports

29 Oct 2016 description

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has issued a Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St. Catherine, Clarendon, Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann. The advisory is effective until 5.00pm on Thursday October 27, 2016.

UPDATE

  • St. Thomas: The Johnson and Morant Rivers in the vicinity of the Hillside Community are in spate, persons are therefore cautioned to avoid the general Hillside area. The road to the Reggae Falls is now impassable.

27 Oct 2016 description

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has issued a Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St. Catherine, Clarendon, Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann. The advisory is effective until 5.00pm on Thursday October 27, 2016.

Projections are for continued showers and thunderstorms, which could be heavy at times, to affect Jamaica today into Friday especially across eastern and central parishes.

09 Oct 2016 description

Press Release #5 Issued on: Tuesday October 4, 2016 at 01:30 p.m

The Meteorological Service has discontinued the TROPICAL STORM WARNING for Jamaica. The island is no longer under threat of tropical storm-force winds as Hurricane Matthew continues to move away and weather conditions improve.

09 Oct 2016 description

NATURE OF EVENT:

The Meteorological Service has maintained a TROPICAL STORM WARNING for Jamaica, as Hurricane Matthew again shows slight strengthening.

This means that tropical storm conditions, including possible sustained wind speeds of 63-118 km/h (39-73 mph), are expected to affect Jamaica in 36 hours or less.

04 Oct 2016 description

Press Release #4 Issued on: Monday October 3, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

The Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Honourable Desmond McKenzie updated the nation this afternoon on the threat posed by Hurricane Matthew as the system continues to move very slowly northward toward Jamaica. Minister McKenzie advised the nation that approximately 89 shelters island-wide are currently housing 1845 occupants. Evan Thompson, Director of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica who was also present, advised that Matthew is moving toward the north near 9 km/h (6 mph) and this general …

01 Feb 2016 description

The Ministry of Health has confirmed one case of the Zika virus in Jamaica. The patient who has now recovered is a four year old child from Portmore, St. Catherine. The child began showing symptoms on January 17, 2016 after earlier returning to Jamaica from travel to Texas in the United States. The child was investigated at the Bustamante Hospital for Children and samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing on January 26, 2016.

07 Oct 2015 description

Press Release 1 Issued on: Saturday October 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), a participating State of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Agency (CDEMA), and Sub-Regional Focal Point for the North-Western Caribbean has assumed coordination responsibility for the Islands of the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin’s passage.

14 Jun 2013 description

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

HONORARY CHAIR and patron of the Jamaican Canadian Initiative for Disaster Resilience and Response (JCIDRR), former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, says Jamaicans and Canadians alike are being mobilised to assist the country in the event of a natural disaster.

The JCIDRR is an organisation established to assist the development of Jamaica's capacity for disaster resilience and response to minimise the effects of natural disasters.

17 May 2013 description

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) as part of its Hurricane Preparedness Month activities for May 2013, hosted housing sector professionals in a day long forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Thursday May 16, 2013.

17 Jan 2013 description

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) will be donating US$30,000.00 to the Earthquake Unit, University of the West Indies (UWI), to facilitate the installation of four motion seismographs (accelerometer) in the Kingston Metropolitan Area Including the offices of ODPEM.

18 Dec 2012 description

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Persons with disabilities in Portmore, St Catherine, are to be a part of a pilot early warning system being implemented by Panos Caribbean, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and the Combined Disabilities Association (CDA).

The project is being funded by the Canada Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Fund to the tune of Canadian $75,000.

31 Oct 2012 description

More than one thousand people marooned in communities in St. Thomas, since the passage of Hurricane Sandy, are reportedly without basic food supplies.

The residents of Epping Farm, Penline Castle, Minto, Hagley's Gap, Grass Piece, and Mahogany Vale are appealing to the authorities for assistance.

They told RJR News that the few shops serving the communities have run out of stock and there is no drinking water.

30 Oct 2012 description

The Event

At 10:00 a.m on Monday October 22, 2012, Tropical Depression #18 was upgraded to TS Sandy. The storm was on a southwestward track and was located some 320 miles south of Pedro Cays. By 4 a.m on Tuesday, TS Sandy was 250 miles of Pedro cay on a northward motion. At this time light to moderate showers had begun to affect sections of the island.

26 Oct 2012 description

The Event

At 10:00 a.m on Monday October 22, 2012, Tropical Depression #18 was upgraded to TS Sandy. The storm was on a southwestward track and was located some 320 miles south of Pedro Cays. By 4 a.m on Tuesday, TS Sandy was 250 miles of Pedro cay on a northward motion. At this time light to moderate showers had begun to affect sections of the island.

26 Oct 2012 description

NATURE OF EVENT:

Hurricane Sandy made landfall at approximately 2:00 p.m some 8km (5miles) east of Kingston. At 4:00 p.m about 20 km (12 miles) north of Port Antonio, Portland, or 40 kilometres (30 miles) north-northeast of Kingston. The island continues to experience up 80mph storm force winds mainly in central and eastern parishes.

SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS:

The forecast remains for 150 mm (6 inches) to 300 mm (12 inches) of rainfall on Wednesday. Flash flooding of low lying communities is still expected.

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