[IMG: Hurricane Georges making landfall on the Dominican Republic September 22, 1998; Credit: Dennis Chesters, Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, Craig Mayhew, and Hal Pierce, Laboratory for Atmospheres, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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Georges - Jamaica

Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 14:00:21 -0700
From: Callie Dawkins (cdawkins@nccn.net)
Subject: Georges in Jamaica

My husband spoke to his mother in May Pen Jamaica last night and she was
doing fine. She is a little bit inland however but did not mention any word
of any damage in Jamaica.

C. Dawkins

Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 20:31:03 -0500 From: National Meteorological Centre (metja.nmc@DAFFODIL.InfoChan.COM) Subject: Re: Georges... Dear Gert, At 5.00 p.m. today local time Hurricane Georges was about 240 kilometres north northeast of Morant Point, Jamaica. The island is currently under a Tropical Storm Warning. The island is not expected to recieve the direct effects of the Hurricane but showers from spiral bands from the Hurricane are in the forecast. Jamaicans have been expecting showers mainly for northern and eastern parts of the island from this morning. The rains took their time in coming much to the dissapointment of the young who wanted to get out of school. There was some joy to be had however as all schools were closed at 1.00 p.m. today and students sent home, even though the rains had not started. Offices were closed at 3.00 p.m. today. This led to a massive traffic jam in the city, hitherto unseen. Preparations are being made by some people example by stocking up on canned good and water, others are more cavlier thinking that the counrty is being alarmed unnecessarily. At 7.00 p.m. local time light to moderate showers were detected over the northern parts of the island. Whew! Forecasters breathed a sigh of relief, their predictions were being fulfilled! Yvette Beckford
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 16:12:05 -0400 From: Corinne Smith (daysmith@daffodil.infochan.com) Subject: Re: Georges... Hi Gert, I have been reading with interest many of the articles written from Antigua, St. Kitts and Anguilla (we have a personal interest in these islands). A few hours ago a tropical storm warning was issued for Jamaica, and employers asked to send people home at 3 pm. It's 4:30 pm now (central time) and so far we have enjoyed a slightly overcast, but windless day. We are relieved that Georges has weakened as much as it has, and that it has stayed so far north, but I think most people are putting preparations in place for some strong winds and lots of rain. The roads are very crowded with people rushing home to prepare for the worst, which is what we are doing here at the office; getting stuff off the floor, putting things in plastic bags. Anyway, if anything comes of this, I'll be sure to let you know as soon as I'm able. In the meantime, good luck with your own preparations! Corinne from Kingston, Jamaica
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 14:03:27 -0400 From: Barbara Henriques (henrique@DAFFODIL.infochan.com) Hi there, Just when you think you got away with murder, i.e. Georgr not troubling us, we are put under tropical storm watch. Well, George hasn't realy left out many places in our region and he is still going strong. But.. not to worry, that's what we say here in Jamaica. It won't be anything like what you guys have gone through. But get the joke: at 12:00, one of our local radio stations interviewed the local Met Office about the state of George. The answer from the Met Office: no problems for Jamaica, not even a great chance for rain. The station asked the man, would he go ahead with preparations for a party today? The answer: yes, nothing is out there to stop it. Well, 30 min later the Weather Channel and subsequently the local radio station put us under tropical storm warning, not even watch. Thank the Lord for the Weather Channel, otherwise things could happen here and we wouldn't even know. Hope everything is going well for everybody and the cleaning up makes progress. Barbara Henriques from Jamaica

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