TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN EFFECT AS GRACE APPROACHES JAMAICA

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A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Jamaica as Tropical Depression Grace approaches southwestern Haiti and moves closer to Jamaica.

This means that tropical storm conditions continue to pose a possible threat to Jamaica within 48 hours.

At 1:00 p.m. the centre of Tropical Depression Grace was located approximately 300 miles east of Morant Point, Jamaica.

Grace is now moving towards the west-northwest near 19 km/h (12 mph) and this general motion is expected to continue over the next few days.

On the forecast track, the centre of Grace will pass between Jamaica and Cuba on tomorrow as a tropical storm.

Widespread showers and thunderstorms associated with the tropical depression will affect Jamaica starting late tonight and continuing through the day on Tuesday.

Rainfall amounts could reach 4-6 inches, generating flash floods and possible landslides across the island. Strong, gusty winds will also be experienced, primarily over northern parishes tomorrow.

Sea conditions will gradually deteriorate over the next 24-36 hours, especially east and north of the island and marine interests are urged to exercise extreme caution.

Small craft operators should remain in port.