Jamaica is lashed by hurricane.
The strongest hurricane of the season lashed Jamaica with heavy
rain and flooded parts of the Cayman Islands with huge sea swells as it
slowly ploughed through the western Caribbean yesterday. The full force
of Hurricane Mitch's 155mph winds did not strike Jamaica and the
Caymans, but rain squalls from the huge storm flooded streets in the
Jamaican capital of Kingston. Under a tropical storm warning, hotel
workers in the Caymans boarded up windows and moved tourists to shelter.
The US National Hurricane Centre in Miami issued a hurricane warning for
eastern Honduras and said those in Belize, Mexico's Yucatan
peninsula and western Cuba should monitor the dangerous Category 4
hurricane. At mid-morning, Mitch's centre was 85 miles
east-southeast of Honduras' Swan Islands and was moving west at
8mph. l Severe tropical storm Babs, which killed at least 156 people in
the Philippines, hit Hong Kong with winds estimated at between 42 and
61mph yesterday before weakening and heading toward mainland China.