NewsRegional Low-pressure system could become first storm by: – June 7, 2011 Share Share Sharing is caring! 9 Views no discussions Tweet KINGSTON, Jamaica – A broad low-pressure system about 150 miles southwest of Jamaica has some potential to become the first storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, but even before it reaches that stage, the rains it’s producing have caused major flooding in two Caribbean islands and resulted in the death of one man.The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said this morning that there was a 40 percent chance of the system developing into a tropical cyclone by tomorrow.A hurricane hunter is scheduled to investigate the system tomorrow.“Regardless of development (of the system), heavy rains could cause flash floods and mudslides over portions of Haiti and Jamaica as the system moves slowly towards the northwest or north over the next couple of days,” the NHC said.The two countries have already been getting heavy rains associated with the low-pressure system.One death so farThere was flooding across Jamaica yesterday, with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) reporting a suspected drowning at Bob Marley Beach, Nine Miles Bull Bay. The victim was one of two men in a fishing boat trapped by the flood waters. The other man was rescued and taken to hospital.Several communities were also marooned by the flood waters.The Meteorological Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for low-lying and flood prone areas of St Mary, Portland, St Thomas, St Catherine, Clarendon, Kingston and St Andrew. A statement from the ODPEM said the Ministry of Labour and Social and Security has been placed on standby in the event the rains persist into today and tomorrow.Over in Haiti, the government and international aid groups evacuated 56 families from flooded areas after the country’s largest lake, Lake Azuei, overflowed from days of heavy rains.The Associated Press quoted an official with Haiti’s Civil Protection Department, Nadia Lochard, as reporting that several other families chose to stay in their flooded communities because they either feared their possessions would be stolen or they needed to tend to livestock. President Michel Martelly visited the flooded areas.Caribbean 360 News Share
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has assured fans of the Black Stars that they will beat Sudan on Friday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the 2014 World Cup.The Black Stars skipper expressed his gratitude to the people of Ghana for the support they are offering the team ahead of the crucial game.The striker made the observation when Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah and diplomat Alan Kyeremanteng visited the Black Stars at their training camp in Ethiopia on Wednesday.Gyan insists that they will not disappoint Ghanaians as the country seeks to make a third successive appearance at the global tournament.“We have been getting lots of encouragement and support from Ghanaians ahead of key matches like Friday’s game against Sudan,” Gyan said.“In football players need inspiration and efforts like this inspires us the players a lot. “The most important thing for us are the two matches we will play over the next few days. I want to assure Ghanaians that we will get the victory needed.”Wednesday’s training session was the last before the Black Stars departed for Sudan where they will face the Nile Crocodiles on Friday.Ghana play Sudan in a Group D qualifier on Friday for a place in the third round stage of qualifying for the World Cup finals in Brazil next year.The Black Stars, chasing a third consecutive appearance at the World Cup are just one point adrift leaders, Zambia on the log with the side that finishes top, advancing to next round.