Press Release #1 Issued on: Monday September 4, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Tracking Hurricane Irma
The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) and the Meteorological Service of Jamaica continue to watch the development of Hurricane Irma. On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move closer to the Leeward Islands through Tuesday and then be near the northern Leeward Islands Tuesday night. Maximum sustained winds are near 185 km/h with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast on Tuesday.
The ODPEM is reminding the public that hurricane forecasts are not accurate down to the last detail and hurricanes are capable of erratic behavior. Sudden strengthening, and sudden weakening or sudden shift away from the precise path or track means that the public needs to be aware as well as prepared for the uncertainties of the forecast and be prepared to take action.
The ODPEM is advising citizens to continue to monitor credible media sources for updates produced by the Meteorological Service of Jamaica and the national disaster management office ODPEM. Hurricane Irma is a CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE ON THE Saffir-Simpson Hurricane scale. Fluctuations in strength, up or down, are possible during the next few days, but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the weekend.
Hurricane Irma is not a threat to Jamaica at this time.
“Disasters do Happen …Prepared more and repair less”
Contact: Joyce Robinson, Information Officer Jrobinson@odpem.org.jm
Telephone: 906-9774 Ext: 6102; Mobile: 552-4861