Jamaica under flash flood watch from remnants of Chantal

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday July 11, 2013 – Residents along sections Maxfield Avenue in the Corporate Area were forced to evacuate their homes following flooding associated with a tropical wave – remnants of Tropical Storm Chantal .

Although Chantal, the third named storm of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season, broke up east of Jamaica, the Meteorological Service in its latest update says the  low-lying and flood-prone areas of the eastern parishes of St. Thomas, St. Mary and Portland, the central parishes of St. Catherine and Clarendon as well as the Corporate Area, remain under a Flash Flood Watch as the tropical wave continues to influence weather conditions across the island.  

The tropical wave has also influenced weather conditions across Hispaniola. There was one storm related death in the Dominican Republic when a firefighter was swept away by floodwaters late Wednesday.

Juan Ramon Rodriguez, 26, was trying to clear a storm drain when rushing waters carried him away, said Luis Luna, director of the country’s civil defense agency.

The National Hurricane Centre says as much as 3 to 6 inches of rain should be expected in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)