Kingston, Sep 15. - Jamaica's emergency response agencies are on alert today due to the heavy rains that await the passage of Tropical Storm Isaac.
Now moving to the south of Hispaniola, a territory shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the meteorological event is expected to affect Jamaica from Sunday morning until Monday, according to local media.
The weather report issued today at 5:00 am by the U.S. Hurricane Center specifies that Isaac has maximum sustained winds of 56 kilometers per hour (kph), and its speed of translation is 26 kph, with a westerly direction.
However, the Meteorological Service of Jamaica warned that the whole island will be affected by the rains, from which they expect quantities of 50 to 100 millimeters and in some places up to 150, figures that could cause flooding in low areas.
'Fishermen and others are advised to have extreme caution as sea conditions will deteriorated with showers, thunderstorms and strong winds while Isaac moves over the waters of southern Jamaica,' the statement noted.
Different agencies and health institutions work together in the coordination of actions to face the possible effects of Isaac, among them fitting out of shelters for people who live in vulnerable areas during the week. (Taken from Prensa Latina)