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Local Government Minister Urges Continued National Vigilance As Hurricane Warning Is Downgraded

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie, is warning that Jamaicans must still ensure that every precaution is taken, even the national alert for Hurricane Matthew has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning.

This warning reflects the weather system’s projected path and distance from Jamaica, and not the status of the weather system. Matthew is still a powerful Category Four Hurricane, and at its average speed of 6 miles per hour, it is still projected to deposit heavy rains in Jamaica, a point emphasized by Minister McKenzie.

“We are calling on every citizen to continue to take precautions. To those who have not done so, we are calling on them to start now, to ensure their safety and well-being. We are still very concerned about flooding, and the Agencies of the State are continuing to take all necessary measures to prevent and respond to it. However, it cannot be said too often…please take precautions.”

He gave the assurance that Shelters remain open, that people in need of them will be accommodated, and that partner Ministries and Agencies continue to work to ensure maximum safety and security.