And the west was calm

Jamaica Gleaner - - MAPPING MATTHEW - Christo­pher Thomas Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BU­REAU: THE FIVE parishes in Corn­wall, western Jamaica, en­joyed rel­a­tively calm weather through­out the day yes­ter­day, even as the coun­try braced for an­tic­i­pated thun­der­storm con­di­tions as Hur­ri­cane Matthew drew closer to the is­land.

In St James, Trelawny, Hanover, West­more­land and St El­iz­a­beth, weather con­di­tions were de­scribed yes­ter­day as mostly quiet, with over­cast con­di­tions in St El­iz­a­beth and light show­ers in sec­tions of St James be­ing the only ano­ma­lies re­ported.

Re­ports out of West­more­land were that the au­thor­i­ties had re­ceived co­op­er­a­tion from res­i­dents with re­gard to mov­ing into des­ig­nated shel­ters, with the Godfrey Stew­art High School in Sa­vanna-la-Mar be­ing set aside for res­i­dents of the in­for­mal com­mu­nity of Rus­sia.

It has also been re­ported that, in con­trast to the usual ex­pec­ta­tions of Mon­day ac­tiv­i­ties, not as many peo­ple were on the roads, an in­di­ca­tion that the threat of the ap­proach­ing hur­ri­cane was be­ing taken se­ri­ously.

Late yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vice lifted the hur­ri­cane warn­ing that was in ef­fect for Jamaica, and down­graded it to a trop­i­cal storm warn­ing.

De­spite the ad­just­ment, Matthew was still clas­si­fied as a Cat­e­gory Four storm, and Jamaica was ex­pected to be af­fected by heavy rains, gusty winds and thun­der­storms be­tween last night and this morn­ing as the storm trav­elled along a pro­jected path to­wards the west coast of neigh­bour­ing Haiti.

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