5:00 pm position of Jose

A Flood Watch has been issued for Dominica from 8:00 this evening to 5:00 am on Saturday as Hurricane Jose approaches the Leeward Islands.

A Flood Watch means flooding is possible.

The concern at this time is possible impacts associated with feeder bands and rough seas due to Jose.

Current projection is for an increase in cloudiness, showers and thunderstorms, which could be moderate to heavy at times and gusty winds, by tonight into tomorrow.

As a result, a flood watch has been issued for Dominica as of 8:00 pm tonight up to 5:00 am tomorrow morning. This could be upgraded to a flood warning by tomorrow, if conditions warrant.

At 5:00 pm, Category four major hurricane Jose was located near latitude 16.6 degrees north and longitude 58.3 degrees west or about 335 miles east south east of the Northern Leeward Islands. Jose is moving towards the west north west near 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph.

Interests in Dominica are advised to monitor the progress of Hurricane Jose and to make the necessary preparations as the system moves closer to the Leeward Islands.

Rough seas are expected during the next 24 hours with waves peaking near 14.0 feet. A small craft warning and a high surf advisory remain in effect for Dominica. All users of the sea and persons living near the coast are advised to take all the necessary precautions to protect life and property.