Ja­maicans not all con­vinced about the dan­ger of Matthew

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - An­drew Har­ris Gleaner Writer

WHILE SOME Ja­maicans re­mained adamant yes­ter­day that the coun­try would be spared the im­pact of the dan­ger­ous Hur­ri­cane Matthew, oth­ers were tak­ing no chances, bat­ten­ing down and stock­ing up on pro­vi­sions to deal with any even­tu­al­ity.

There were warn­ing signs on the Pal­isa­does main road headed to Port Royal as high tides dumped sev­eral inches of sand on the road­way.

Yes­ter­day, work­men from the Na­tional Works Agency were out clear­ing the road­way and al­low­ing the free flow of ve­hi­cles.

In Port Royal, the res­i­dents were in prepa­ra­tion mode from early morn­ing, bat­ten­ing down win­dows, nail­ing down roofs and trim­ming loose or hang­ing limbs from trees.

Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for the area, Phillip Paulwell, is­sued an ur­gent plea to res­i­dents to move into shel­ters as he warned that high waves and storm surges are ex­pected from Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

Paulwell noted that high tides had al­ready started to af­fect the area by the light­house, where se­vere flood­ing oc­curred last Fri­day evening, and noted that sev­eral ve­hi­cles had to be towed from the flooded roads by heavy-duty equip­ment co­or­di­nated by the Ja­maica De­fence Force.

“Port Royal is a low-ly­ing com­mu­nity that has been spared ravages of pre­vi­ous storms,” noted Paulwell, as he cau­tioned res­i­dents not to take Hur­ri­cane Matthew lightly.


Port Royal res­i­dent Mar­ion Mur­ray, also known as ‘Mary’, was seen with her two flash­lights when our news team vis­ited the com­mu­nity.

She told The Sun­day Gleaner that she was not tak­ing this hur­ri­cane lightly.

“Yes, man, I take it very se­ri­ous, be­cause I live in Port Royal and I am afraid of the flood­ing which is very com­mon, but in God we trust,” said Mur­ray.

An­other res­i­dent of Port Royal, Mervin Tyn­dall, said he has been a vic­tim of the flood­ing in the past, with all his house­hold fur­ni­ture dam­aged then.

While he had no in­ten­tion to move to a shel­ter, Tyn­dall said this time around he has al­ready moved his fur­ni­ture from off the ground.

Across the is­land, su­per­mar­kets and gro­ceries did brisk busi­ness yes­ter­day as some per­sons stocked up on pro­vi­sions.

But even as they pre­pared there were oth­ers who cited di­vine in­ter­ven­tion, the bless­ings which seem to fol­low Ja­maica, and the fact that the is­land has not been im­pacted by a hur­ri­cane for some time as rea­sons they were con­fi­dent that Matthew would move by with­out a mur­mur.

Yes, man, I take it very se­ri­ous, be­cause I live in Port Royal and I am afraid of the flood­ing which is very com­mon, but in God we trust.

Donna Lin­ton stocks up to en­sure her house does not run out of food if Matthew strikes. Port Royal res­i­dent Mar­ion Mur­ray with the two flash­lights she has pur­chased as part of her prepa­ra­tion for Hur­ri­cane Matthew.


Lloyd Shaw does not plan to leave his house in Port Royal so he is bat­ten­ing down in prepa­ra­tion for the hur­ri­cane.

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