Dean 70 miles from Kingston
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Dean nears Kingston
Powerful tropical storm force winds have started to hit the eastern parishes of Portland and St. Thomas as the centre of the dangerous Hurricane Dean moves closer to Jamaica.
Latest weather forecasts say Dean is now just 70 miles away from Kingston.
Hurricane-force winds are now likely in full gear especially across the southeastern portion of the island.
Meanwhile waves are battering the southern and eastern shore and torrential rains have begun.
The central and western parishes are expected to start feeling the effects of the powerful system soon.
Head of the Weather Branch at the Met Service Evan Thompson, says the centre of the system is expected to continue to move close to the southernmost coast.
135,000 JPS customers without power
The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is reporting that over 135,000 customers are now without power supply as a result of the impact of Hurricane Dean.
The greatest impact of Hurricane Dean on the power system is currently being felt in the parishes of Portland, St Mary, St Thomas, St Andrew and St Catherine.
The power outages are primarily the result of broken power lines caused by the Category Four hurricane winds.
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