Jamaica: A TROPICAL STORM WATCH for Jamaica remains in effect as the season’s 9′ named storm, Tropical Storm lan, forms over the central Caribbean Sea south of Hispaniola. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions pose a possible threat to Jamaica within the next 48 hours.
At 11:00 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Ian was located near latitude 14.8 degrees North, longitude 72.0 degrees West, or about 625 kilometres (385 miles) east-southeast of Kingston, or 566 kilometres (352 miles) east-southeast of Morant Point, Jamaica.
Tan is moving towards the west-northwest near 19 km/h (12 mph). ). A westward or west-northwestward motion has been expected through early Sunday. A turn toward the northwest has forecasted late Sunday, followed by a north-northwestward turn by late Monday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 65 km/h (40 mph) with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and lan is expected to become a hurricane Sunday night. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 55 km (35 miles) from the centre.
On the forecast track, the centre of Ian is forecast to move across the central Caribbean Sea through Saturday, pass southwest of Jamaica on Sunday, and pass near or over the Cayman Islands Sunday night and early Monday. The Tropical Storm has the potential to produce 100 -200mm of rainfall, mainly over eastern and southern parishes as it passes close to the island on Saturday night and Sunday.
Flash Flooding is therefore likely over low-lying and flood-prone areas during the weekend and on Monday, All small craft operators including fishers from the cays and banks should by now have completed all the necessary safety precautions and are advised to remain in safe zone until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions have returned to normal.
The Meteorological Service continues to monitor the progress of this system, and all interests are encouraged to pay special attention to further Releases. The next Bulletin on this system will be issued at 5:00 a.m. tommorow