Ja­maicans in di­as­pora on edge

Jamaica Gleaner - - MAPPING MATTHEW - Ce­celia Camp­bell-Liv­ingston Gleaner Writer

JA­MAICANS AT home are not the only ones con­cerned about the im­pact of Hur­ri­cane Matthew on the is­land. Their rel­a­tives in the di­as­pora are on edge as storm con­di­tions in­ten­sify.

The Gleaner spoke with a few, who ex­pressed the hope that the hur­ri­cane would not deal the is­land a sig­nif­i­cant blow.

Althea Spence-Turner, who hails from West­more­land and grew up in Kingston, is wor­ried about her 101-year-old aunt, who is liv­ing in Kingston, as well as her cousins and in-laws in West­more­land.

“I am very con­cerned about their well­be­ing given that the hur­ri­cane is mov­ing very slowly and is ex­pected to dump lots of wa­ter on the is­land,” she said.

Spencer-Turner is thank­ing God for medi­ums such as Power 106, the Gleaner web­site, and so­cial me­dia, which she said have been very help­ful.

“Through What­sApp, I have the list of emer­gency cen­tres, so, at least, this will be very help­ful,” she said.

Spence-Turner, who said she has al­ready sent cash to en­sure her rel­a­tives stock up Althea Spence-Turner on food sup­plies, told The Gleaner that de­pend­ing on the level of dev­as­ta­tion, she would be ready to pro­vide more as­sis­tance.

An­drea ‘Elaine’ Jar­rett from West­more­land, who now lives in Mt Ver­non, New York, and Dono­van Long­more from out of Hart­ford, Con­necti­cut, and who hails from Mon­tego Bay, said they are in daily con­tact and keep­ing up to date with in­for­ma­tion.

Jar­rett said her big­gest con­cern “is loss of lives and ex­ten­sive prop­erty dam­age”.

“My big­gest con­cern is the dam­age that Dave Brown

can oc­cur from the hur­ri­cane and the safety of the peo­ple,” Long­more shared, adding that he stood ready to of­fer as­sis­tance.

Dave Brown, who is orig­i­nally from Lin­stead in St Cather­ine and who now lives in On­tario, Canada, is very anx­ious about his fa­ther, who still re­sides in Lin­stead, St Cather­ine.

Mon­i­tor­ing ra­dio re­ports and so­cial me­dia doesn’t lessen the anx­i­ety as he is fear­ful about the im­pact on the town and his fa­ther, in par­tic­u­lar.

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