March 22, 2007
JAMAICA - With the recent collapse of the Broadgate Bridge in St. Mary, several residents of Mahoe Hill have been marooned since Sunday due to heavy rainfall. The residents, who have been forced to make their way through the river bed since the bridge collapsed, are unable to do so now as the Wag Water River has overflowed its banks. The residents say they have been eating only fruits for the past few days as supplies have run out. The Broadgate foot bridge, which was the only access to the community, collapsed some weeks ago injuring several persons.
U.S. - The weather pattern heading into the first weekend of spring has set up a corridor of storms stretching from the Southwest to the Midwest, along a track that closely follows Route 66, the "Main Street of America" that stretches nearly 2,500 miles from Los Angeles to Chicago. Early this morning, a suspected tornado caused damage from Sewal to Seymour in Iowa, and a twister ripped a mile-and-a-half long path of damage in Bosworth, Missouri. Heavy rain swamped southern Michigan before the storm moved into the Ohio Valley. The Severe Weather Center reports the system will stall as it moves to the southeast. Strong thunderstorms containing drenching downpours, hail, winds gusting from 30 to 35 mph and the potential for isolated tornadoes will continue in the Ohio Valley overnight into today. The heavy rain will increase the flood threat across the central Plains and the Midwest. There are flood-related Watches and Warnings in effect across the region. The moist and unstable air will deliver rain and thunderstorms through the weekend from the Desert Southwest to the southern Midwest states. A storm spinning over Baja California will move into Arizona and New Mexico today, before turning toward Utah and Colorado by this evening. Strong storms this weekend will produce locally heavy rain and the potential for tornadoes across Texas and the central Plains states. The storm will not bring desperately needed rain to the Los Angeles Basin, which is in the midst of one of the worst "rainy seasons" on record.