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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.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Oct 27, 1998
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