Prepa­ra­tions slow across parish

Jamaica Gleaner - - MAPPING MATTHEW -

FI­NAN­CIAL IN­STI­TU­TIONS and very few other busi­ness­places in St Ann’s Bay and Ocho Rios had bat­tened down up to midday yes­ter­day as Hur­ri­cane Matthew con­tin­ued its slow trek to­wards Ja­maica.

At Big Ben and Cham­pion su­per­mar­kets in Ocho Rios, Sun­day shop­pers made last-minute pur­chases, even though most of them with whom The Gleaner spoke said it was their usual rou­tine.

One res­i­dent of Buck­field, Ocho Rios, buoyed by the morn­ing news that Hur­ri­cane Matthew’s di­rec­tion had changed some­what, tak­ing the pro­jected path of the eye fur­ther east of Ja­maica, joined the scep­tics that the storm was not go­ing to hit Ja­maica.

At Green­wich Acres in Mam­mee Bay, there was hardly any sign of houses be­ing se­cured, ex­cept for a two-storey com­plex that had its awnings low­ered.

There was less pedes­trian and ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic in both ma­jor towns, while garbage col­lec­tion con­tin­ued in earnest.

At Drax Hall, work­men were seen load­ing up bags of rub­bish left at the sides of the road­way by crews that had re­cently cut the verges along that stretch of the North Coast High­way.

There were two po­lice check­points be­tween the towns as the cops con­tin­ued their crack­down on crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties on what was a sunny but hazy day in St Ann.

PHOTO BY CARL GILCHRIST

A work­man in Ocho Rios se­cures a build­ing from the ex­pected ef­fects of Hur­ri­cane Matthew yes­ter­day.

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