Hurricane Matthew is no joke

October 01, 2016
Desmond McKenzie (right), minister of local government, and Evan Thompson, deputy director general of the Meteorological Services, during a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister.
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With the powerful Category Five Hurricane Matthew barreling through the central Caribbean Sea towards Jamaica, the Government has sounded yet another warning for Jamaicans to take action to protect lives and property.

"This is not something that people should take for a joke. We are putting in place all the necessary arrangements so that we can respond to the needs," Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie said yesterday.

"This is a national crisis and it is a national response that the Government is giving. There is no room for any mischief to be made as we face one of the most severe natural disasters in quite a long while."

A hurricane watch has been issued for Jamaica. Winds of 75 mph or greater are possible on Monday, and tropical storm force winds may begin late Sunday.

Evan Thompson, deputy director general of the Meteorological Service, said expectation is that the centre of the system will move towards the country's eastern coastline by Monday.

Jamaica is now under a hurricane watch which was issued yesterday, meaning that Jamaica would in 48 hours experience "dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves, even though winds expected may be less than hurricane force".

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