The eye of the storm

(click for larger image) “Rain rain go away come again another day” Battering rooftops, pulling up trees, flooding streets, the monster is now creating havoc and is destroying everything in its path. I can look through the window and see shadows of things being carried to the heavens ironically by a force coming straight from hell. No news is coming in except from a small battery operated radio, as the light went but luckily for me, my ADSL modem has a battery. This is my last signal out for a while, we are safe indoors watching the somewhat surreal events
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The first drop

(click for larger image) I went outside tonight to escape the heat and the constant reminders of what is to come echoing from the tv. It is rather quiet but the stillness is very ominous. The first drop of rain fell on my face, telling me to look up from whence it came, the sky is now littered with small black masses that are clumping together releasing the first drops of Dean. The power company notified us today over the television that due to the imminent hurricane, power will be out island wide as early as 10am. Water will be
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The calm before the storm

(click for larger image) The atmosphere still, skies clear, unbearable heat and there is a general ominous feeling of discontent. People are now scared, remembering what Gilbert and Ivan did to the country, the devastation and grief. To prevent loss of life, damage to property and to prepare for the possible after effects of this category 4 hurricane, there is a rush to the supermarkets and hardware stores. Bumper to bumper traffic in the towns now filled with people buying from buckets to tanks, from flashlights to generators, people are even buying machetes to help protect their families from possible
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The Storm gains strength

(click on image for larger version) 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
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The storm approaches

So this is my attempt to log the events before and after tropical storm Dean. (click on image for larger version) So far Dean is in the atlantic and is expected to reach Jamaica within 6 days and appears to be heading right for us. Here in Jamaica most people are yet aware of the impending storm and life is business as usual, just mild showers that everyone is use to. And even if they were aware of the storm, preparations would still be left until last minute, besides to Jamaicans anything less than a category 3 is a drizzle.
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