Bahamas, Florida Issue Warnings as Hurricane Sandy Approaches
By Brian Major
October 25, 2012 10:28 PM
Hurricane Sandy approached the central Bahamas on Thursday, after reaching eastern Cuba as a category two hurricane with 105 mph winds. Two deaths, one each in Haiti and Jamaica, have been attributed to the storm. Hurricane warnings remain in effect for the central, northwestern and southeastern Bahamas and Florida’s east coast, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Sandy is expected to decrease in forward speed as it moves through the northwestern Bahamas on Friday, but will remain at hurricane strength. The storm hit made landfall near Kingston, Jamaica on Wednesday, ripping off roofs, uprooting trees, downing utility poles and knocking out electricity on the island’s eastern edge.
Jamaica’s Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay resumed flight service Thursday, according to a statement from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB). Roads are clear to airports and hotels in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril and the South Coast. “Certain locations where power outages occurred are now being restored,” according to the statement. “All ports, including Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and the Historic Falmouth cruise port are also operational. Attraction operators are cleaning up and preparing to reopen. At this time, no hotels in the resort areas of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril, or the South Coast have reported structural damage.”