Intense flooding inundates parts of Jamaica

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Torrential downpours have triggered severe flooding in St Ann and St Mary parishes, Jamaica on December 11, 2016, causing severe damage. In some areas, floodwaters were well over 1 m (3.3 feet) deep.

According to Meteorological Service Jamaica, severe weather conditions were caused by a surface trough moving over Jamaica. Meteorologists issued a warning, as the expected pressure ridge was expected to bring isolated strong rainstorms across hilly inland regions of northern parishes.

Video credit: Jamaica

Flood damaged road in St Ann, Jamaica on December 11, 2016

Flood damaged road in St Ann, Jamaica on December 11, 2016. Credit: National Works Agency

Intense flooding caused traffic disruptions and cut off several affected areas, according to media reports. The Runaway Bay and Dunbarton in St. Ann were amongst the worst affected areas, as the flood water reached over 1 m (3.3 feet), locally.

Damage to homes and vehicles was reported, although, luckily, no fatal outcomes or injuries occurred.

More rain is in the forecast for today.

Featured image: Flood in Runaway, Bay, St Ann, Jamaica – December 11, 2016. Credit: Giovanni R. Dennis

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