Here are the named hurricanes and storms that hit in the last 30 years. 2018 marked the 30th year since Hurricane Gilbert, considered the most destructive hurricane in Jamaican history, landed on September 12, 1988. On average, a hurricane passes near Jamaica every four years. A hurricane makes a direct hit on Jamaica every 11 years, on average. Much more common during the summer and fall are tropical storms that do not meet the threshold for a hurricane classification but still bring high winds and potential flooding. A. The hurricane season officially runs from 1 June to 30 November, with August and September its peak months. Rainfall in Jamaica is highest between June and November, typically peaking during October and November. Jamaica tends not to be so badly affected by tropical storms as other, more northerly Caribbean islands. Slammed full-force by the category five hurricane, the nation of roughly 70, 000 lost the majority of its buildings, and its infrastructure was heavily damaged. To prevent similar deaths, Direct Relief has stationed Hurricane Preparation Packs throughout the Caribbean, from Jamaica to Grenada.
The wettest months in Kingston are from September to October. Ocho Rios receives around 37 inches of rain per year, with September and October being the wettest months. Keep in mind Jamaica seldom sees a full day of rain.
The Cold Front is expected to become stationary in the vicinity of Jamaica tomorrow. A Trough across Jamaica and the central Caribbean. 2019-10-24 22:27:25. Tropical Storm Nestor developed over the northern Gulf of Mexico.
Geography - Both are island nations in the West Indies, but Jamaica is in the Caribbean Sea while the Bahamas is located in the Lucayan Archipelago. Jamaica is one (relatively) large island (w/ a few offshore keys) while the Bahamas consist of approximately 700 islands, cays and islets.
There are high levels of crime in certain places like Kingston and Montego Bay, where gang violence, shootings, and petty theft happen. Also, hurricanes batter the Caribbean yearly and earthquakes also are a thing. But we'd say Jamaica is still safe to travel to, provided you are careful.
Montego Bay is a city, so it is not without crime. But most tourists never encounter any issues and if you exercise a normal level of care and concern, you should have nothing to worry about. There are of course people who try to prey on tourists, so you don't want to leave cash or valuables in plain sight.
The cheapest month to fly to Jamaica is September.
Autumn is both the best time and the worst time to visit Jamaica. The temperatures still range between the low 70s and mid 80s, but the rain can be at its heaviest. Many recommend visiting in late October, November, or early December, when the rain dissipates but the high season crowds haven't arrived yet.
Based on historical data, a hurricane hits Jamaica about once every 10-11 years, on average. A hurricane gets close (without a direct hit) about every 4 years or so.
If you don't mind the risk of rain, September can still be a good time to visit Jamaica. This is one of the quietest months of the year, with fewer holidaymakers once the school term starts. Despite the higher rainfall, you'll still enjoy warm sunny days and gorgeously warms seas.
Hurricane Katrina – In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina formed as a tropical storm off the coast of the Bahamas and seemed headed directly for Jamaica. However the system veered away from the island and made landfall in Florida while still categorised as a tropical storm.
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Jamaica. Maximum sustained winds are 30 mph. It's expected to drift west today and tonight, then turn north-northeast on Tuesday. The forecast track brings the center of the cyclone on an approach to Jamaica Tuesday Night or early Wednesday.
Jamaica hit by flash floods. Rivers overflow after days of heavy rain lash the Caribbean island nation, washing away roads and bridges. A prolonged spell of torrential downpours has led the Meteorological Service of Jamaica to issue flash-flood warnings across the Caribbean nation.