Category: Weather

Disaster Preparedness Month: In Case Of Flood






According to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), a flood is the most common natural hazard in causing loss of life, human suffering, inconvenience, widespread damage to buildings, structures, crop, infrastructure, and other national assets. Severe weather conditions








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The Aftermath: Hurricane Sandy – 2012






This was the front page of The Gleaner on October 26, 2012, two days after Hurricane Sandy struck Jamaica. It was the first hurricane to make landfall on the island since Hurricane Gilbert in 1988. (Click on the image to enlarge.)








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The Aftermath: Hurricane Dean – 2007






This was the front page of The Gleaner on August 20, 2007, a day after Hurricane Dean ravaged sections of the island, leaving so much destruction in its wake that the government had to declare a two-day state of emergency. (Click on








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The Aftermath: Tropical Storm Nicole – 2010






This was the front page of The Gleaner on October 1, 2010, two days after Tropical Storm Nicole ravaged sections of the island, leaving a trail of destruction and death in its wake. (Click on the image to enlarge.) We have now








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The Aftermath: Tropical Storm Gustav – 2008






This was the front page of The Gleaner on August 30, 2008, two days after Tropical Storm Gustav dumped heavy rains on the eastern parishes of Jamaica, killing 15 people and causing major flooding, leaving several communities in shambles. (Click on the








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The Aftermath: Hurricane Ivan – 2004






This was the front page of The Gleaner on September 13, 2014, two days after Hurricane Ivan passed south of Jamaica, leaving a trail of havoc in its wake. (Click on the image to enlarge.) We have now officially entered








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Hurricane Preparedness Week – 9 Facts About Hurricanes






Countries on this side of the world have been dealing with tropical storms and hurricanes for centuries, with perhaps the first report coming from Christopher Columbus, who encountered one near the isle of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti) in 1495. Here are








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Hurricane Preparedness Week – The Costliest Storm In Jamaica’s History






Hurricane Ivan (2004) did extensive damage to Jamaica’s infrastructure, even though it didn’t make direct contact. Here is a breakdown of the costs, using statistics from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). Read more Hurricanes And The IMF That Day








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Hurricane Preparedness Week – Retired Storm Names






We’re currently in the middle of Hurricane Preparedness Week, and we started off by looking at how the storms are named. We also found out that a name is retired when the storm is so deadly or costly that future use








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Hurricane Preparedness Week: Naming The Storms






Some names strike fear into the hearts of people whenever they are mentioned, such as Charlie, Gilbert, Ivan and Sandy. They are innocuous on the surface, but many Jamaicans will recall with a shudder just how hurricanes bearing these names left








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