Jamaica is now under a state of emergency
Power 106 News at 10 p.m.
Jamaica is now under a state of emergency.
Governor General Professor Kenneth Hall issued the proclamation earlier this evening.
A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said the State of Public Emergency has been issued for Jamaica and its coastal water for a period of one month.
The State of Emergency can be revoked anytime during the period.
Prime Minister says the situation will be reviewed as of tomorrow.
Mrs. Simpson Miller says the proclamation of the State of Emergency will allow for her to deal with the effects of Hurricane Dean.
She also said all emergency personnel including members of the security forces have now been mobilized to ensure deal with criminal elements.
Dean passing south-westerly
Hurricane Dean is continuing to pack strong winds as it passes the western parishes of Jamaica by way of the south coast.
The Centre of the powerful category four hurricane is now immediately south of the western most tip of the island:
Cayman braces for Dean
A Hurricane Warning is now on for the Cayman Islands as dangerous Hurricane Dean heads westward.
The powerful hurricane will pass south of the island of Grand Cayman tomorrow.
The Cayman Islands will deal with battering waves, high surge and rainfall.
National Emergency Operation Centre operational
The Health Ministry says its National Emergency Operation Centre is operational at the Bustamante Hospital for children.
The Ministry says all public hospitals will remain open throughout the effects of the hurricane to accept emergency cases only.
Persons with medical emergencies who are unable to go to their local hospitals may call: 754-5798, 754-2622, 754-3274, 754-8489 or 968-1262.
C&W bmobile network damaged
Cable and Wireless says its bmobile network has been affected by damage to a major fiber cable.
C&W says customers in Manchester, Clarendon and St. Elizabeth are now experiencing disruption.
Meanwhile C&W says fixed line customers who are served by the Black River exchange are temporarily without service.
The telecommunications company says this is due to the loss of power supply.
It says repair crews are now trying to restore service in the affected areas.
THAT’S IT FOR HOURLY UPDATES FROM THE GLEANER/POWER 106 NEWS CENTRE. WE RESUME IN THE MORNING WITH MAJOR NEWS AT 6, BUT STAY WITH US ON POWER 106 FM AS WE CONTINUE TO TRACK HURRICANE DEAN.