Jamaica weather: Tropical storm watch could be lifted this afternoon 

The Meteorological Service, in its latest bulletin on Friday, says the chance of tropical cyclone development has been decreasing with respect to the area of disturbed weather surrounding Jamaica.

However, the threat of flooding still exists.

In the bulletin issued at 11am, the Met Service said the tropical storm watch remains in effect as the large area of disturbed weather looms in the vicinity of Jamaica. This means that tropical storm conditions continue to pose a possible threat to Jamaica.

At 10am, Potential Tropical Cyclone Number 22 was centred about 123 kilometres southwest of Negril Point or 250 kilometres west-southwest of Kingston.

On the forecast track, the centre of the system is expected to move across Jamaica later today and over the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands on Saturday.

The Met Service said maximum sustained winds are near 55km/h, with higher gusts. Some slight strengthening is possible during the next couple of days, however, the chance of tropical cyclone development appears to be decreasing.

In this regard, the tropical storm watch could be lifted this afternoon, the Met Service said.

It also said the poorly organised system continues to be a significant rainfall producer, and flooding is expected to continue, mainly over southern and eastern parishes today and tonight. It added that landslides should also be expected as a result.

All small craft operators, including fishers from the cays and banks, are advised to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted, and wind and sea conditions have returned to normal.