Jamaica Steels for Hurricane

Dean on collision course with island
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 19, 2007 10:07 AM CDT
A fisherman pulls his boat out of the water helped by a truck, unseen, to protect it from Hurricane Dean in Kingston, Jamaica, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007. Jamaicans headed inland and tourists fled the country...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Residents of Jamaica hunkered down today waiting for Hurricane Dean, packing winds as high as 155 mph. Forecasters described the storm that has already claimed as least six lives as "extremely dangerous." It ripped past Haiti and the Dominican Republic yesterday as panicked Jamaican packed supermarkets and tourists mobbed airports to flee Dean.

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller warned that the country was confronting a national emergency and urged people to head for shelter. "I can't take it," said one woman who remembered Ivan's destruction three years ago. "The storm is bad enough but it's what happens afterwards—there's no light, no water."