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By: nigel20, 9:24 PM GMT on July 17, 2013
Preliminary rainfall data for the month of May showed that:
May 2013 compared to May 2012 indicates that the island mean was 66mm more than that recorded
in 2012. The cumulative island rainfall to the end of May was 359 mm, representing 59%
of the normal rainfall expected to date.
The above info was sourced from the Met Service of Jamaica.
You can read more here: Preliminary rainfall summary for the month of May
By: nigel20, 6:06 AM GMT on July 01, 2013
Work was recently completed to improve the Norman Manley Highway (Palisadoes road). The Norman Manley Highway is the road linking Kingston to one of our main international airports(Norman Manley) and the town of Port Royal.
The Palisadoes peninsula is the main line of defence for the city of Kingston and the residential city of Portmore during a storm surge. It acts like a breakwater for incoming storm surges. Rehabilitation of the roadway was necessary to reduce the impact of natural disasters (storms and hurricanes) on the Kingston Metro Area.
Figure 1. The thin tombolo of sand in the lower half of the picture is known as Palisadoes. Source of image: Department of life sciences, UWI, Mona
Recent Hurricane impacts on the Palisdaoes
Recent hurricanes such Ivan, Dean and to a lesser extent tropical Storm Gustav had major impact on he Palisadoes tombolo. The storms caused total destruction of the sand dunes, inundation of the road way which led to complete shut down of one of our two international airports (Norman Manley)
Figure 2. Damage to the Norman Manley Highway after hurricane Ivan in 2004. Source of image: Jamaican.com
Palisadoes road rehabilitation
The recent impacts of storms on the Palisadoes, forced the government to undertake major rehabilitation of the road way and the shoreline. Rock rivetment walls were constructed on the caribbean sea and the Kingston Harbour side of the Palisadoes peninsula. The road was also raised from 0.6 – 1.0 metre, to 2.4 - 3.2 metres above sea level. It is said that the peninsula will now be able to withstand a 1 in a 100 year storm.
Figure 3. Recent road improvement and shoreline protection work on the Kingston Harbour side of the Palisadoes peninsula. Source of image: Palisadoes
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