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Hurricane preparations slow in St Ann

Published:Monday | October 3, 2016 | 10:00 AM
A workman in Ocho Rios works to secure a building from the expected effects of Hurricane Matthew yesterday.

Financial institutions and very few other businessplaces in St Ann's Bay and Ocho Rios had battened down up to midday yesterday as Hurricane Matthew continued its slow trek towards Jamaica.

At Big Ben and Champion supermarkets in Ocho Rios, Sunday shoppers made last-minute purchases, even though most of them with whom The Gleaner spoke said it was their usual routine.

One resident of Buckfield, Ocho Rios, buoyed by the morning news that Hurricane Matthew's direction had changed somewhat, taking the projected path of the eye further east of Jamaica, joined the sceptics that the storm was not going to hit Jamaica.

At Greenwich Acres in Mammee Bay, there was hardly any sign of houses being secured, except for a two-storey complex that had its awnings lowered.

There was less pedestrian and vehicular traffic in both major towns, while garbage collection continued in earnest.

At Drax Hall, workmen were seen loading up bags of rubbish left at the sides of the roadway by crews that had recently cut the verges along that stretch of the North Coast Highway.

There were two police checkpoints between the towns as the cops continued their crackdown on criminal activities on what was a sunny but hazy day in St Ann.