Hurricane Sandy Pounds Jamaica

25 10 2012

Hurricane Sandy’s howling winds and pelting rains lashed precarious shantytowns, stranded travelers and downed power lines Wednesday as it roared across Jamaica on a course that would take it on to Cuba and then possibly threaten Florida and the Bahamas. (AP Photo/Collin Reid)

Jamaica has been hit by the eye of  a category 1 Hurricane Sandy on Wednesday evening, October 24, 2012, bringing heavy rain and powerful wind.

It was the first time since 24 years ago Jamaica had been hit directly by the eye of hurricane.

So far at least two people died, a man in Jamaica and a woman in Haiti due to the Hurricane Sandy.

The heavy rain brought by the hurricane can cause flash floods and mudslides that will cause more disaster to Jamaica.

After pounding Jamaica, Sandy then headed for an overnight landfall in eastern Cuba and then will go on to threaten the Bahamas and possibly Florida.

A view of the Hope River as it begins to swell with rain from approaching Hurricane Sandy in Kingston October 24, 2012. Hurricane Sandy raced toward the southern coast of Jamaica on Wednesday and is expected to make landfall later in the day, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. A hurricane warning was in effect for both Jamaica and Cuba, although forecasters said Sandy is expected to be a weak Category One hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity, with winds topping out at 80 mph (130 kph). REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy

Residents evacuate their home as waves crash in the Caribbean Terrace neighborhood of eastern Kingston, Jamaica, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Hurricane Sandy pounded Jamaica with heavy rain as it headed for landfall near the country’s most populous city on a track that would carry it across the Caribbean island to Cuba, and a possible threat to Florida. (AP Photo/Collin Reid)

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