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  1. 12, 000 JPS customers without electricity
  2. Heavy rains will affect agriculture
  3. Avoid crocodile habitats, warns NEPA
  4. Marooned residents rescued
  5. Below average hurricane season expected
  6. North South highway motorists must use caution

1. 12,000 JPS customers without electricity

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is reporting that some 12,000 customers in the parishes of Kingston, St Andrew, Clarendon,  St James, St Ann and St Mary are now without electricity. This is the result of heavy rains since last night which have caused some power lines to be brought down. See full story in The Gleaner’s website.

2. Heavy rains will affect agriculture

President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) Norman Grant says growth of the agricultural sector is likely to be impacted by the heavy rains. Grant says teams will be deployed to assess the damage done by the heavy rains affecting the island. See full story in The Gleaner’s website.

3. Avoid crocodile habitats, warns NEPA

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is advising the public to exercise extreme caution in areas close to swamps, rivers, gullies and other known crocodile habitats, as the animals are likely to be displaced during the current torrential rains. See full story in The Gleaner’s website.

4. Marooned residents rescued

Thirty people were rescued this morning from rising flood waters in Sunnyside, Linstead by a team from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) air wing assisted by the Jamaica Fire Brigade and the police. See full story in The Gleaner’s website.

5. Below average hurricane season expected

The latest forecast published April 6 from the Colorado State University in the United States predicted a slightly below-average hurricane season, with 11 named storms, four of which are expected to become hurricanes and two of which are expected to be major hurricanes. See full story in The Gleaner’s website.

6. North South highway motorists must use caution

The Jamaica North South Highway Company Limited is advising motorists to proceed with caution on the roadway as there is a minor land slippage on the Byndloss stretch of the North South Highway near Linstead. See full story in The Gleaner’s website.

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