(CMR) Heavy rains from the recent passage of the now category 3 Hurricane Delta hammered Jamaica on Tuesday causing damage to several roadways.
The heavy rains and winds associated with the weather system knocked down trees, left some homes without power and contributed to landslides which resulted in several roads being impassable.
Several videos have surfaced online showing roadways in the country's capital city, Kingston, namely Marcus Garvey Drive, completely flooded leaving several vehicles disabled on the thoroughfare.
In a clip, one man was seen attempting to push his vehicle through the knee high water, while passengers from a disabled public passenger bus stand on a median as they await rescue.
Communication manager for the National Works Agency Stephen Shaw shared that in addition to Marcus Garvey Drive several roadways including some in St Catherine, St Thomas and St Elizabeth were also blocked due to landslides that resulted from the heavy downpour.
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Delta is expected to strengthen to a Category 4 hurricane as it moves towards northern portions of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico on Wednesday.
According to the official forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Delta currently has winds of 120 mph as it passes through the Yucatan Channel, west of Havana, Cuba.
On Wednesday it is forecast to maintain winds of around 120 mph as it enters the Gulf of Mexico.
Cuba and the eastern Yucatan, including the city of Cancún, are under hurricane warnings as the storm threatens to make landfall, according to CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri.
Further predictions are that wind shear will develop on top of the system and should act to subdue the intensity of the storm, weakening, it before it hits the US coast on Friday.