Elsa Very Near Jamaica


Tropical Storm #Elsa Advisory 16A: Elsa Very Near Jamaica.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Jamaica, portions of the coastline of Haiti as well as the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Granma, Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas, Santiago de Cuba, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, and Cienfuegos.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Cayman Islands, the Cuban provinces of Matanzas, Mayabeque, and Havana along with portions of the Florida Keys from Craig Key west to the Dry Tortugas.

Elsa battered the southern coast of Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Saturday, downing trees and blowing off roofs as it sped through the Caribbean, killing at least three people.

Jamaicans are being urged to take all the necessary precautions in preparation for the effects of the now downgraded Tropical Storm Elsa, which could begin impacting the island today.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the call while addressing a ceremony at the Clark’s Town Primary School on Friday (July 2) to hand over 40 tablets to primary school students in southern Trelawny, through his Positive Jamaica Foundation. At the time, Elsa was a category one hurricane.

Mr. Holness reminded citizens of the importance of being effectively prepared.

“We have had several hurricanes before so we understand the damage that hurricanes can do but we have gotten better in managing these natural occurrences by being prepared, so preparation is the ultimate goal,” he said.

The Prime Minister encouraged individuals to prune trees overhanging their premises as well as secure their homes and important documents.

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