The Storm gains strength
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So dean is still on a direct path for Jamaica, everybody is now aware of the imminent storm and are preparing for the winds and rain (unlike someone who likes to write CRAP). Offices are issuing notices about office preparedness and safety measures, supermarkets are now stacking their shelves with grocery items, and a lot of people are flying out (or in) to avoid the storm. Apart from that the atmosphere is relatively calm, business as usual.
Here is a bulletin that was issued:
“At 8 a.m. ET, the centre of Hurricane Dean (which is now at Category 2 strength) was located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west-southwest of Martinique, moving west at about 23 mph (37 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center.
The current forecast track shows Dean strengthening as it moves west, on a path to the south of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. By Saturday, Dean is forecast to reach Category 3 strength, with winds of at least 111 mph.
By Sunday, forecasters expect Dean to reach Category 4 status, with winds in excess of 131 mph, as it nears Jamaica.”
Below is a hurricane checklist, preparation and safety tips booklet issued by super value home center, i hope it is useful: