Jamaica upgrades to Hurricane Warning

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Jamaica upgrades to Hurricane Warning

Jamaica has been upgraded from a hurricane watch to a hurricane warning in anticipation of Hurricane Beryl, prompting Cabinet to structure its disaster response under the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA).

A Hurricane Warning means dangerous sea conditions associated with the hurricane are expected to spread across the island over the next 24-36 hours.

The announcement came Monday after recommendations from the Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie, and the latest advisories from the Met Office.

The DRMA grants the government additional authority to coordinate and execute a range of emergency response activities, ensuring a more effective and streamlined approach to disaster management.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness emphasised the importance of proactive measures as Jamaica braces for Hurricane Beryl, stating that the administration’s main priority is the “safety of the Jamaican people.”

“By invoking the Disaster Risk Management Act, we are taking a proactive stance to prepare and protect our nation against any potential threats posed by Beryl. The machinery of government has been mobilised, and we are ready to respond to any eventuality. We will weather this storm together,” Holness said.

The government is urging all citizens to remain vigilant, make necessary preparations, and cooperate with authorities during this period. Regular updates and guidelines will be provided to ensure that everyone is informed and prepared as the weather event approaches.