ELSA MOVING AWAY FROM JAMAICA – TROPICAL STORM WARNING STILL IN EFFECT

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A TROPICAL STORM WARNING remains in effect for Jamaica as widespread rainfall associated with the outer bands of Tropical Storm Elsa continues to affect the island.

At 4:00 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Elsa was located about 20 kilometres (15 miles) west of Cabo Cruz, Cuba or 145 kilometres (90 miles) north of Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Elsa is moving towards the northwest near 22 km/h (14 mph), and this general motion is expected to continue through Monday.

On the forecast track, Elsa will continue to move away from Jamaica this evening, and approach central Cuba tonight and early Monday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 95 km/h (60 mph), with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected before Elsa moves over Cuba, followed by some weakening while the center moves over land.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 km (90 miles) from the centre.

While Elsa continues to move away, periods of heavy showers will linger across the island thisĀ evening into tonight. Flash flooding and possible landslides could still occur in low-lying andĀ flood prone areas this evening.

As long as Tropical Storm Elsa continues on its forecast track away from Jamaica, the Tropical Storm Warning will be lifted for the island in the next Bulletin.