Hurricane Dean 150 miles from Jamaica
Weather forecasters are reporting that the center of Hurricane Dean is now just 150 miles away from Kingston.
Dean is passing just south of Haiti whipping the country with heavy flood rains and tropical storm force winds and occasional hurricane-force gust.
As Hurricane Dean heads west-northwest, the northern end of its eyewall will likely strike a destructive blow to Jamaica later this afternoon.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson has again appealed to people living in low lying and flood prone areas to move to higher ground.
The Prime Minister was speaking a short while ago from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management.
The Prime Minister says adequate security systems are in place to protect commercial and residential properties.
Over in St. Ann our correspondent Devon Evans report that an emergency operation shelter has been opened at the offices of the St. Ann Parish Council.
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