On the 19th in our post Hurricane Dean – How Close will it get to Jamaica and Cayman? Maybe not as close as you think
We calculated the point of closest approach to Kingston, Montego Bay and Cayman. At the time it indicated that there was hope that things might not have been as bad as was being projected. With the storm now passed all of these points it would appear that we were right in our assessment. The strongest winds recorded in Grand Cayman were 57mph. Montego Bay did get hurricane force gusts, but it does appear that the storm left things mostly untouched. Kingston and eastern Jamaica have been impacted by hurricane force winds, and the damage assessments are still underway. However having spoken with a number of Jamaicans (who still had phone service) they have indicated that the damage is not as extensive as that experienced with Hurricane Ivan two years ago.
Reuters reports that Hurricane Dean has (so far) failed to trigger the World Bank funded hurricane insurance scheme.
CNN reported (on TV not online) that the situation was calm and that the much feared looting had not materialised, due to the curfew in effect. Also mentions of the situation returning to normal quickly have been very reassuring. Jamaica’s hotel plant in MoBay would seem to be mostly untouched.
While Jamaica didn’t escape unscathed, it could have been a whole lot worse.