Date Published: 
01 Jul 2024

The National Works Agency (NWA) is advising the public that it is closely monitoring the development of Tropical Storm Beryl, which is currently moving westward and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane tonight or Sunday.


While Tropical Storm Beryl does not pose an immediate threat to Jamaica at this time, the government has instructed that taking proactive measures be immediately implemented to ensure the safety and preparedness of all citizens.


Minister with responsibility for Works, in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Robert Morgan, today instructed that all personnel and NWA parish offices be put on standby to respond.  Heavy equipment are to be pre-positioned to address potential challenges and drain cleaning works are to be ramped up. 


Minister Morgan says work on critical infrastructure, such as the lower section of the Sandy Gully, began on Saturday. Work on the drain was to commence next week but is being fast-tracked. 


Minister Morgan is urging Jamaicans to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety and the safety of their loved ones, as the island prepares for the likely impact of this storm. 


The Minister has given details of steps that are to be undertaken by the NWA at this time.



1. All parish offices have been alerted and are ready to respond to any emergencies.

2. Equipment is to be strategically placed to quickly address potential blockages and clear debris.

3. The Sandy Gully and other critical drainage systems are being cleared to facilitate the free flow of water.

4. Inspections are being conducted on major roads and bridges to ensure their integrity and safety during the storm.

5. Teams are on standby to respond to any infrastructure-related emergencies that may occur