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Hurricane Ivan Hammers Jamaica, Heads For Caymans
reuters ^ | 9-11-04 | Horace Helps

Posted on 09/11/2004 9:40:55 AM PDT by onyx

Hurricane Ivan Hammers Jamaica, Heads for Caymans Sat Sep 11, 2004 12:01 PM ET

By Horace Helps KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Deadly Hurricane Ivan ripped Jamaica with powerful winds, torrential rains and huge waves on Saturday, tearing away houses and washing out roads before heading toward the tiny Cayman Islands and Cuba. With winds of 155 mph and a death toll already at 29 -- mostly on the devastated southeastern Caribbean island of Grenada -- Ivan gave Jamaica's 2.7 million people a small, last-minute reprieve when its center took a sudden westward turn.

That kept the most catastrophic winds off the south coast and out of the capital, Kingston. But the verdant, mountainous island still got hammered.

Police said they had controlled sporadic looting that broke out as the storm hit Jamaica. Robbers held up emergency workers at gunpoint and a doctor was shot.

Ivan ripped off roofs across the island and torrential rains triggered mudslides, washing out roads. The storm brought trees and poles crashing down in Kingston, where ravines overflowed and flooded streets.

Authorities said Jamaica's death toll rose to three as an elderly woman in Kingston and a young girl in St. Catherine's were killed when trees fell onto their homes. Earlier a man drowned as the storm approached. Ivan strengthened when it reached Jamaica with winds of 155 mph, just short of qualifying as a rare, top-level Category 5 hurricane, capable of catastrophic damage.

The storm remained on course to hit the Cayman Islands, a wealthy British colony northwest of Jamaica, and Cuba. It also threatens Florida with its third big hurricane strike in a month, after Charley and Frances.

Evacuations were under way in the Florida Keys, where officials ordered tourists and the 80,000 residents out of the 100-mile-(160-km-)long island chain.

Facing one of nature's worst storms, Jamaica caught a break. Just 30-40 miles off shore and drawing a bead on Kingston, Ivan's center suddenly headed west for a few hours, avoiding a direct hit on the capital, where tens of thousands of people live in flimsy shanties in the slums.

"It wobbled and it spared Jamaica," National Hurricane Center meteorologist Jennifer Pralgo said. "It kept the worst of the storm offshore but they did get hurricane-force winds and there are reports of serious damage."

Forecasters had no immediate wind-speed measurements because many wind instruments were blown away, she said.

In the Cayman Islands, home to about 45,000 people and a key offshore financial center, authorities told coastal dwellers to flee battering waves and an 8-foot (2.4-meter) storm surge as Ivan's wobbly track put Grand Cayman, the largest of the territory's three islands, in greater danger. All three islands must therefore be prepared for the worst-case scenario," Donovan Ebanks, deputy chairman of the National Hurricane Committee, said. At 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), Ivan's center was about 30 miles southwest of the western tip of Jamaica at latitude 17.9 north and longitude 78.7 west, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It was drifting westward but forecasters expected it to take up a west-northwest at about 8 mph. Ivan's sustained winds weakened slightly, to 145 mph early on Saturday.

DEATHS ACROSS CARIBBEAN

The International Federation of the Red Cross estimated 60,000 of Grenada's 90,000 people are homeless, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency. The island has remained without power or water and under a dusk-to-dawn curfew since Ivan struck on Tuesday.

In addition to 17 deaths in Grenada and three in Jamaica, four people died in Venezuela, four in the Dominican Republic and one in Tobago.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: caymanislands; hurricaneivan; jamaica
Ivan on the way to Grand Cayman where my daughter lives.
1 posted on 09/11/2004 9:40:55 AM PDT by onyx
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To: cyborg

Jamaica - three deaths.


2 posted on 09/11/2004 9:42:21 AM PDT by onyx (JohnKerry deserves to be the last casualty of the Vietnam War.)
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To: onyx

I'm surprised there aren't more. I did hear that Ivan turn a little turn last night and I suppose that's why.


3 posted on 09/11/2004 9:43:07 AM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: onyx

I'll pray she stays safe. We've stayed at East End before, lovely place.


4 posted on 09/11/2004 9:43:45 AM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
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To: onyx

Cayman Islands are wonderful btw.


5 posted on 09/11/2004 9:44:18 AM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch

Thank you so much.
She's had to leave her house
and go to a shielded on all sides
condo with her children and their pets.


6 posted on 09/11/2004 9:45:29 AM PDT by onyx (JohnKerry deserves to be the last casualty of the Vietnam War.)
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To: cyborg

Yeah, I love all the Carribean Islands.


7 posted on 09/11/2004 9:46:33 AM PDT by onyx (JohnKerry deserves to be the last casualty of the Vietnam War.)
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To: onyx

Praying for her and her family and friends!


8 posted on 09/11/2004 9:49:18 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: cyborg
"I'm surprised there aren't more. I did hear that Ivan turn a little turn last night and I suppose that's why"

Not just a little, Ivan made a 500 mile b-line for Jamaica and then took a 45 degree turn just 50 miles out. It kept up the new westward direction for about 75 miles, just enough that the eye wall totally missed the island, and then resumed course to the NW.

Hurricane Center says they have no explanation.

9 posted on 09/11/2004 9:53:06 AM PDT by elfman2
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To: onyx
I glad she has a safe place to go. I know you're concerned. I will give you a portion of scripture that I believe God just dropped in my heart one day when I was so concerned about my son (he is a pilot).

Underneath are the Everlasting Arms.

10 posted on 09/11/2004 9:53:17 AM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
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To: elfman2
I think this is the explanation for Ivan’s Jamaican wobble: Avoid Jamaica at all costs
11 posted on 09/11/2004 9:56:40 AM PDT by elfman2
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch; Travis McGee

Thank you both.
I already told her my FRiends were praying.


12 posted on 09/11/2004 10:06:22 AM PDT by onyx (JohnKerry deserves to be the last casualty of the Vietnam War.)
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To: elfman2

Main reason for low death toll so far is Ivan is still hammering Jamaica and many areas are still inacessible.

At this point there were only 3 confirmed Deaths in Grenada too....that eventually was multiplied by x10.

Entire communities in Jamaica have been flattened; Jamaica wasn't "missed" despite the center of the eye crossing over the Island.


13 posted on 09/11/2004 10:14:18 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist

err, center of the eye NOT crossing over the island...


14 posted on 09/11/2004 10:18:12 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: All

Heard from my daughter.
Grand Cayman is closed for business.
Nary a car on the road.
Gas stations are shut.
They are awaiting Ivan's arrival,
now scheduled for 8:00PM CDT.

It is getting windy right now.


15 posted on 09/11/2004 10:38:58 AM PDT by onyx (JohnKerry deserves to be the last casualty of the Vietnam War.)
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To: onyx

Prayers for your daughter on Grand Cayman. She and her family will be fine.


16 posted on 09/11/2004 11:44:20 AM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: onyx

Your daughter lives in heaven. I pray that she remains safe and that the island is still heavenly after the storm moves through. At least they have stronger buildings and infrastructure there than Jamaica and Grenada, so damage might not be catastrophic.

Love your tagline!


17 posted on 09/11/2004 11:46:36 AM PDT by Veto! (Kerry wears a tutu, TeRAYza wears the pants)
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To: dc-zoo; Veto!

Thanks for your prayers and good thoughts.
Ivan seems to be moving slowly, which means
"he" can change direction...


18 posted on 09/11/2004 1:02:47 PM PDT by onyx (JohnKerry deserves to be the last casualty of the Vietnam War.)
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To: onyx

We all continue to pray. Ivan was just upgraded to Cat 5 with winds of 165 mph. Pressure at 914 mb. Looks to be moving mostly west.


19 posted on 09/11/2004 1:19:45 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: elfman2

Evidently large hurricanes 'feel' coastlines and mountains. I guess they avoide mountains that could minimize them, in the same way that they will seek out warmer water, like when Charley went towards Port Choarlotte instead of continuing to Tampa.


20 posted on 09/11/2004 1:21:04 PM PDT by Netizen
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To: onyx

Those are beautiful islands, I've been there twice (snorkeling with sting rays, of course!) I hope your daughter stays safe.


21 posted on 09/11/2004 1:22:25 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: Strategerist
The toll continues to rise. :(

Ivan has been blamed for the deaths of 34 people in Grenada, five in Jamaica, five in Venezuela, one in Tobago, one in Barbados, and four youngsters in the Dominican Republic.

22 posted on 09/11/2004 1:23:49 PM PDT by No Blue States
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To: onyx

Several folks here on FR posted some very passionate prayers for the people in Jamaica last evening. Looking at the sudden and miraculous diversion of Ivan from the island, my days of scoffing at such things are over.

Think I'll say a prayer instead.


23 posted on 09/11/2004 1:30:33 PM PDT by Jhensy
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To: onyx

Can't any of these hurricaines ever take a side trip through Castro's military and government installations (while missing Guantanamo, of course)?


24 posted on 09/11/2004 1:33:46 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Netizen
I guess they avoide mountains that could minimize them, in the same way that they will seek out warmer water

Hurricanes don't move towards warmer water. Actually, due to something called the "Beta Effect" related to Coriolis, they generally keep getting more northwards, thus hurricanes, if anything head towards COLDER water, on average, though it's not because they're attracted by Colder water; the Beta effect simply moves them northwards.

25 posted on 09/11/2004 1:55:54 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Jhensy
Several folks here on FR posted some very passionate prayers for the people in Jamaica last evening. Looking at the sudden and miraculous diversion of Ivan from the island, my days of scoffing at such things are over.

Ok, so what happens if the eye goes directly over Grand Cayman as a Cat 5?

26 posted on 09/11/2004 1:56:49 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: SandyInSeattle

We snorkeled with the stingrays, too. On our second stop there, (both times on cruises) the water was too rough to do it again. Now I fear the Caymans will be so badly damaged it will take years for them to recover. It is one of the most beautiful places we've ever been.


27 posted on 09/11/2004 1:59:35 PM PDT by Trust but Verify (Charter member Broken Glass Republicans (2000))
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To: Trust but Verify

I hope the Caymans won't be too badly damaged. The other stops on our two cruises were okay, but the Caymans were the reason I went a second time.


28 posted on 09/11/2004 2:17:18 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: Strategerist
Ok, so what happens if the eye goes directly over Grand Cayman as a Cat 5?

You know, a few years ago we got some junk mail from some Christain organization. It had type written pages about some hurrican that hit in the Carribean and how it was sent to destroy the evil non Christians that lived there.

It was one of the most disgusting propaganda pieces I'd seen. Sometimes, I wish I had kept it and scanned it, for those that claim such things. Wonder what their thoughts are when it is their area that gets hit?

29 posted on 09/11/2004 2:28:23 PM PDT by Netizen
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To: Netizen
Then they do a 180 degree turn and claim they are the chosen people because they are being "tested".

I have long given up entering discussions with these kind of people as it is like running in the special olympics: you might win but you would still be retarded.
30 posted on 09/11/2004 2:49:56 PM PDT by drtom
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To: onyx

bump


31 posted on 09/11/2004 5:18:52 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: Jhensy

Thank you.

The wind has picked up on the island
and they're getting a little rain right now.


32 posted on 09/11/2004 5:37:44 PM PDT by onyx (JohnKerry deserves to be the last casualty of the Vietnam War.)
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To: SandyInSeattle

Thanks Sandy.
Ivan is expected shortly after midnite.


33 posted on 09/11/2004 5:38:45 PM PDT by onyx (JohnKerry deserves to be the last casualty of the Vietnam War.)
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To: Larry Lucido

Well, this one might. :)


34 posted on 09/11/2004 5:39:26 PM PDT by onyx (JohnKerry deserves to be the last casualty of the Vietnam War.)
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To: onyx

Did anyone see the segement just on
Fox news?


35 posted on 09/11/2004 7:49:09 PM PDT by tapatio (Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.)
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To: tapatio

Why?
What did Fox report?


36 posted on 09/11/2004 7:57:28 PM PDT by onyx (JohnKerry deserves to be the last casualty of the Vietnam War.)
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