ELSA UPDATE – 3PM, JULY 4

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A TROPICAL STORM WARNING is still in effect for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Elsa continues to produce widespread rainfall and flash flooding across the island.

This means that conditions associated with a tropical storm will continue today.

On the forecast track, Elsa will move away from Jamaica this afternoon, near or over eastern Cuba this evening, and approach central Cuba late tonight and early Monday.

Although Elsa has begun to move away, periods of heavy rainfall will continue to spread across the island this afternoon while the tropical storm remains nearby.

Flash flooding and possible landslides will occur in low-lying and flood prone areas today with 3-6 inches of rainfall in the forecast.

Strong gusty winds are also possible during thunderstorms for at least the next 6-12 hours.

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 sea conditions have returned to normal.