A tropical storm that developed Monday in the Caribbean Sea is likely to hit Jamaica and Haiti with strong winds and plenty of rain this week, forecasters say.
Tropical Storm Sandy, churning about 395 miles south-southwest of Jamaica on Monday afternoon, could start affecting Jamaica by Tuesday night and cross it or pass close to it on Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Tropical storm conditions also are possible in Haiti, more than 100 miles east of Jamaica, by early Wednesday. The forecast becomes more uncertain after that, but the storm also could affect eastern Cuba and the Bahamas after Wednesday afternoon, the hurricane center said.
The current forecast track, though there is room for deviation, gives the storm a good chance of passing over Haiti on Wednesday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.
Sandy strengthened from a tropical depression and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph on Monday afternoon. A tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of between 39 and 73 mph, with a Category 1 hurricane having winds of 74 to 95 mph.
A tropical storm watch was in effect Monday afternoon for Jamaica and Haiti. Sandy is expected to drop 5 to 10 inches of rain – with isolated amounts of up to 16 inches – across Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and eastern Cuba, the center said.
Sandy comes late in the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.
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Dat be some berry berry strong wind mon. It blow da dreads clean off me head
As far as I see things on my prospective, I think we are going 2 get apart of the storm!
WELL AS I WAS JUST TALKING TO MY HUSBAND DONOVAN IN OCHO RIOS I COULD HEAR THE HEAVY RAIN AS WE SPOKE. HE IS EXPECTING THE WORST AND AS MANY OTHER POOR PEOPLE IN JAMAICA CANNOT PREPARE FOR THE CONSEQUENCES WITHOUT HIS WAGES DUE UNTIL FRIDAY. THEY HAVE TO DEPEND ONLY ON GOD TO SURVIVE WHEREAS THOSE WITH ENOUGH OR MORE THAN THEY NEED CAN CLEAN OUT THE SHOPS AND STOCK UP. I HOPE THOSE THAT HAVE WILL CONSIDER THOSE WHO DON'T AND HELP THEM OUT WITH FOOD AND ESSENTIALS TO SURVIVE THIS HURRICANE SANDY BECAUSE NO ONE IS EXPECTING IT TO BE WEAK. PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR NEIGHBOURS WHO HAVE NOTHING OR VERY LITTLE. IT WILL BE ROUGH ON THEM. SHARE SOME OF WHAT YOU HAVE. GOD WILL BLESS YOU IF YOU DO. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE POOR AND DISENFRANCHISED AND VULNERABLE. GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS THEM
I know god is watching over that blessed island jamaica.guide over us almighty father.
"It is Allah Who sends the Winds, and they raise the Clouds: then does He spread them in the sky as He wills, and break them into fragments, until you see rain-drops issue from the midst thereof: then when He has made them reach such of his servants as He wills behold, they do rejoice!"
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