A storm warning has been issued by Jamaica due to a tropical wave in the central Caribbean.

Heavy rains, thunderstorms and gusty winds associated with the wave are expected throughout today (Tuesday).

Jamaica’s Meteorological Service said that flash flooding is likely to spread across the island, especially over low-lying areas.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in an updated travel advisory, said: “The tropical wave is expected to develop tropical storm conditions impacting Jamaica by as early as Monday evening, bringing heavy rains, gusty winds and possible flooding.

“The prime minister has activated the disaster management centre. Listen to local radio and news channels to keep informed and follow instructions given by the local authorities.

“If you are staying in a hotel you should continue to listen to local media reporting and follow instructions given by hotel staff.”

Forecasters at the US National Hurricane Centre said conditions remain ripe for strengthening, and they put the chances of the weather system forming into a tropical cyclone by Wednesday evening at 80%, with a 90% chance of formation within five days.

Heavy rainfall has already been reported in parts of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, with Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in the path of the storm.