Dean Plows Into Jamaica

Hurricane sets its sights on the Caymans
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2007 8:48 PM CDT
Jamaicans run toward a shelter in Kingston during the pass of Hurricane Dean over Jamaica, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007. Hurricane Dean pummeled this country with strong winds and torrential rains after Jamaican...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hurricane Dean struck Jamaica today, swamping the streets of Kingston and leaving devastation in its wake as it swept west across the Caribbean. The center of the Category 4 storm missed the island by a few miles, Reuters reports, but passed close enough to bring down numerous trees and utility poles, cause mudslides, and tear the roofs off houses.

The government instituted a 48-hour curfew and encouraged residents to evacuate to shelters, but many refused. "If you come by here later today you will see me drinking rum," said a Port Royal resident. The storm was moving west at about 20mph; forecasters expect it to clear Jamaica and strike the Caymans before proceeding to the Yucatan and central Mexico.