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Jamaica: Storm watch upgraded to warning as Grace approaches

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica is reporting that the tropical storm watch for Jamaica has been upgraded to a tropical storm warning.  

“This means that tropical storm conditions, including possible sustained winds of 63-118 km/h are expected to affect Jamaica in 36 hours or less,” a release from the MET office on Tuesday outlined.

According to the Miami-based hurricane center Grace lashed earthquake-damaged Haiti as a tropical depression on Monday, dumping up to 10 inches (25 centimetres) of rain that pelted people huddling under improvised shelters. It couldn’t have come at a worse time for people struggling in the aftermath of Saturday’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake, blamed for more than 1,400 deaths.  

Forecasters said Grace was moving early Tuesday near or over the Tiburon Peninsula of Haiti on a forecast track expected to take it between southeastern Cuba and Jamaica by Tuesday afternoon. It had top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (64 kph) and was headed to the west near 16 miles per hour (26 kph). 

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