Mixed re­ac­tions to Matthew in St Cather­ine

Jamaica Gleaner - - ACROSS THE NATION -

RES­I­DENTS OF sec­tions of St Cather­ine yes­ter­day had mixed re­ac­tions re­gard­ing in­di­ca­tions that Ja­maica could be af­fected by the pas­sage of Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

While some were tak­ing the warn­ings se­ri­ously and were mak­ing the nec­es­sary prepa­ra­tions, others adopted a wai­t­and-see ap­proach.

Perce­val Camp­bell, a taxi op­er­a­tor of Fairview in Span­ish Town, said he was tak­ing the threat of the hur­ri­cane se­ri­ously. “I am tak­ing this very se­ri­ously and I am mak­ing prepa­ra­tions in the event that it hits us,” he told The Gleaner.

STOCK­ING UP

“I have stocked up on mainly canned stuff, can­dles, matches and wa­ter. I am ready to deal with Matthew,” he said.

Span­ish Town res­i­dent Jul­lian Hy­att said she would not be mak­ing any ad­vance prepa­ra­tions for the hur­ri­cane be­cause ev­ery time she pre­pares for an ap­proach­ing storm, it changes course.

“The last time I spend money I had saved up for other busi­ness and it never came,” she stated.

“This time around, I will wait un­til I am cer­tain Matthew will hit Ja­maica be­fore I make any prepa­ra­tions.”

Michelle John­son, a bar op­er­a­tor of St Johns Road, shared a sim­i­lar po­si­tion, point­ing out that she be­lieves that Ja­maica will only ex­pe­ri­ence se­vere weather con­di­tions.

“I am not go­ing to make any prepa­ra­tion right now be­cause ev­ery time I spend my money and make prepa­ra­tions noth­ing hap­pens.”

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