Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sunday afternoon Dean update


From the National Hurricane Center:

...EXTREMELY DANGEROUS DEAN SCRAPING THE SOUTHERN COAST OF
JAMAICA...

AT 500 PM EDT...2100Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE DEAN WAS
LOCATED...ABOUT 50 MILES SOUTH OF KINGSTON JAMAICA

DEAN IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 20 MPH

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 145 MPH

DEAN IS A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
SCALE.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 60 MILES FROM
THE CENTER

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 930 MB...27.46 IN.

From Stormcarib.com:

Yep, you guessed it! DEAN came to visit me at home about 2 hours ago and he
hasn't stopped reworking the roofs, awnings, trees (at least what's left of
them) and the likes. Lights out ... Sending from mobile blackberry. Water also
gone but Both telecoms giants still up and going strong.

Updates as I have it ...
St. Thomas - high waves, consistent strong winds. Impassable main roads.

Kingston - much breeze, minimal rain, some of my neighbors are now without
awnings and satellite dishes ... Don't ask why they weren't down ... Everyone
else took theirs down two nights ago! Reports of 12ft waves on the waterfront
... No proof but not impossible ... And I certainly don't expect them less than
9ft anyway! Some roofs are lifting but none gone as yet ...

Manchester/St. Elizabeth - Sporadic gusts, average rainfall, 10ft waves in
Treasure Beach area. No consistent presence of DEAN as yet for the inland areas
though.

Ocho Rios - Winds are up, waves are high, minimal rainfall at this time, a few
trees down ... Sue you are probably in a better position for this area ...

Montego Bay/Negril - waves growing, average winds, not yet scary but gusty! Not
many persons on the road ... (this is good). Projections for the western end of
the island are not good!

More later!Richard M.Sent via BlackBerry.

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