Jamaica braces as Tropical Storm likely to form today; six killed in Dominican Republic

Date: 
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 09:30

A strong tropical wave packing tropical cyclone-strength winds continues its swift trek west in the Caribbean Sea.       

As of 2 am, National Hurricane Center forecasters said the system was 150 miles south-southwest of Kinston, Jamaica and moving west at about 20 mph. It is expected to reach the Cayman Islands later today as environmental conditions become more accommodating for its development.

The system is producing winds of 40 to 45 mph.

“Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds, perhaps tropical storm-force, will continue over portions of Jamaica this morning and reach the Cayman Islands later today,” forecasters wrote.

At least six people were killed in the Dominican Republic last night as heavy rains and strong winds associated with the tropical wave pounded the island, according to the Associated Press.

Power lines that were knocked down by the storm started a fire that killed six people on a bus returning from a trip to the beach.

At least 12 other people on board were injured, AP reported.

An Air Force Hurricane Hunter crew is scheduled to investigate the system this morning.

A flight Monday had to turnaround because of minor fuel line problems.

Photo: Weather Channel

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