Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,
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Jamaica goes dark.



Jamaica's power is being turned off (intentionally) this morning, so we probably won't hear anything from the LJers there for awhile, but a few of them snuck in some posts last night before the hurricane hit.

keangal writes:
"It is 4:36 am here and I've been busy since yesterday. The consensus on the island had been for a period of time that hey, it's not coming . That thing will just dissipate or change course or worst case senario just be a little storm. HA!!! if only.
I think it realy started to sink in yesterday and the people now resonate an underlying feel of...I want to do more, prepare more but I just don't have the money. The sounds of persons battening down loose boards to protect their windows was scattered late last night. My home is unfinished, the top portion with door spaces and window spaces. They have been battened down with loose plyboard that we have but the sense of foreboding still remains when we think about how damaging Gilbert was so long ago and it was only a category three.
The power company has already informed the country that power will be shut down as of ten am and from experience we know that at the first drop of rain the water company will shut the water off...never been able to figure that one out. Telephones have been an up in the air matter. The last hurricane that we, had one phone company shut it's machines down while the other just couldn't find signals the third isn't worth mentioning." 

hetairaiposted about five hours ago, saying:
"Still got power and water. The sky is now cloudy, got the same breeze and a very light drizzle. Did a sorta 360 with my cam:"



The rest of the photos are at http://picasaweb.google.com/hetairai/HurricaneDean 

samblobleaves us with:

"The electricity distribution grid in Jamaica is going to be shut down at 10h00 local time, which is 11h00 EDT (eastern daylight time)
The south coast of Jamaica has between 50% and 70% probability of being hit with hurricane force winds. There is no chance of avoiding tropical storm force winds, but the roof has withstood that before.

I hope the eye does pass off the coast as projected and that the winds here are low enough for the roof to survive. In any case, I will lose contact until Tuesday at the very least and probably until next week or later, so I hope things go well with you, at least until then.

Those of you who believe, and even those of you who merely doubt, please pray for me and for Jamaica.

If all goes well, I'll see you on the other side of this storm. If all goes badly, I'll see you on the other side of this life.

Sam Blob, over and out!"

He also linked to the lyrics to this song by the Bee Gees, with lyrics which seem appropriate. 

"In the event of something happening to me
There is something I would like you all to see
It's just a photograph of someone that I knew

Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?
Do you know what it's like on the outside?
Don't go talking too loud, you'll cause a landslide,
Mr. Jones.

I keep straining my ears to hear a sound
Maybe someone is digging underground
Or have they given up and all gone home to bed?
Thinking those who aren't so distant must be dead?

Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?
Do you know what it's like on the outside?
Don't go talking too loud, you'll cause a landslide,
Mr. Jones"


Let's hope that no matter what happens with Hurricane Dean, the people of Jamaica will not be forgotten by the rest of the world.

***Update*** Looks like power is still available. earths_fury posted about 40 minutes ago, saying:

"Hey, hey ,hey hey! I still gots light! whoooooo!!!! yea!!!!! 

So far, nothing note worthy other than the wind that we've been getting where I am. Plus the driving rain. I know other people in the flats don't have such torrential wind. I fear for my banana trees! :( And they had young bananas too! :`(  

Well by 2 o'clock today we are to be getting the outer nothern wall of Dean, so I guess by then, my light will be gone... Cable is officially gone now. Nothing but snow..... I got busy, well me and mum last night got busy and fortified the house. We are such a weird family. Little after 3 last night, or should I say this morning, we were taking up verandah chairs and the like, potted plants, while enjoying the breeze that Dean was sending us. I know that Dean really ain't here yet though, no fog, and no smell of salt on the wind brought in by the sea. 

I don't think I'll be updating again until Tuesday evening (with the hope that light will be here) {my dad forgot his laptop} so I have no link to the net during Dean..Dangit. I still see people driving up and down my hill, in this weather. And all I can say is that..dem brave ee? Oh well, pray that Dean doesn't blow our house away will ya? Laters ya'll.

Ps: One note of good but ironic news, my cousin Dean had his son born last night! Congrats to him!"
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