Tropical Storm Nicole caused flooding and mudslides across Jamaica on Wednesday, leaving two confirmed dead and at least 12 more missing.
The outer bands of the storm hammered Jamaica, toppling bridges and knocking out power to thousands.
Many streets were filled with gushing brown torrents of water.
Prime Minister Bruce Golding to urge people to stay indoors.
Many Jamaicans were taken by surprise by the ferocity of the rain early Wednesday and the extent of the damage; for it happened when the tropical system was classified as a depression.
Police in Westmoreland parish’s capital of Savanna-la-Mar said the community was hit by a waterspout overnight that ripped the roofs off a couple of buildings and sent four people to a local hospital with scrapes.