Sunday, February 28, 2016

EXTREME WEATHER: Freak Storm And Deluge Of Heavy Rainfall Hits Jamaica - Houses And Streets Flooded In Montego Bay; And Freak Storm Or Tornado Damages Shops At Fishing Beach In Discovery Bay; Flash Flood Watch In Effect For Northern Parishes! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Montego Bay city flooded after heavy rain

February 28, 2016 - JAMAICA - The heavy rains that have been lashing section of St James since late Friday afternoon resulted in significant flooding in several sections of downtown Montego Bay and has left several houses in the newly constructed Port Bello Housing Scheme, near Cornwall Courts, under water.

“We have had reports of Creek Street, Dome Street and the Sign main road being under water at this time,” Montego Bay’s mayor, Councillor Glendon Harris, told The Gleaner shortly after 1 p.m.

“We have teams from the National Works Agency, the Police and the St James Fire Department out there monitoring the situation”.

Creek Street in Montego Bay St. James.
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Flooding in several sections of downtown Montego Bay has left several houses in the newly constructed Port Bello Housing Scheme, near Cornwall Courts, under water.
Photo: Adrian Frater

As a result of the number of flooded roadways across the western city, traffic was reduced to a snarl in some areas and came to a complete standstill in many other sections, creating a nightmare for motorists and pedestrians.

“Creek Street no good again,” shouted a motorists to a colleague, who was asking where he could drive to get to the Mt Salem community.

WATCH: Flooding in Jamaica.

“It's better you just pull over and get a nap because you won’t be able to drive on Creek Street”.

A man, who was trapped in a vehicle on the Sign main road was rescued by a team from the St James Fire Department.

A freak storm at the fishing beach in Discovery Bay, St. Ann, damaged about 10 shops. 

The roof of a bath house owned by the Red Cross was also lifted during the storm.

Councillor for the Dry Harbour Division Arthur Clemetson, says persons along the fishing beach reported hearing strange sounds before the wind reached them. 

Mr. Clemetson says approximately three of the bigger shops lost their roofing. 

He says the affected beach area is being cleaned up, after debris was left everywhere in the wake of the freak storm.

The Meteorological Service has issued a flash flood watch for low-lying and flood prone areas of northern parishes.

The flash flood watch is effective until 7:00 am on Sunday.

The Meteorological Service said today that projections are for showers and thunderstorms, which could be heavy at times, to affect Jamaica today into Sunday morning. Temperatures are also expected to be noticeably below normal across the island.

A flash flood watch means that flash flooding is possible and residents are advised to take precautionary measures, keep informed by listening to further releases from the Meteorological Service and be ready for quick action if flooding is observed or if a warning is issued.

The Meteorological Service said it will continue to monitor the situation.

- Jamaica Observer | Jamaica Gleaner | Irie FM.

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