Hurricane Matthew heads for Jamaica packing strong winds
Forecasters say Hurricane Matthew weakened slightly as it moves toward Jamaica,
but still carries winds gusts of up to 250km / h (155mph), powerful enough to wreck homes.
He is now a storm of class four, says the US National Hurricane Center,
after reaching the top five category on a scale of intensity.
Urgent meeting of the Jamaica Council of Representatives held to discuss preparations.
It is expected to reach landfall on Monday the storm.
It is expected to reach the first palm-lined south coast of Jamaica.
The capital, Kingston is located in the region, as it is the only oil refinery in the country.
Officials have warned that high winds also batter the main tourist areas of the island,
including Montego Bay in the north.
“The government is on high alert,” the newspaper quoted the Director of the Prime Minister of Communications told Reuters.
“We hope that the hurricane does not hit us, but if you do not reach us, we try our best to ensure that we are in the best place possible,” said Robert Morgan
Mr. Morgan said the local emergency teams as well as the police and the army on standby, while currently being put in shelters throughout the island.
With the approaching storm, many of Jamaica and store water and food.
Warnings have also been issued a tropical storm in parts of coastal Colombia and Haiti at the weekend.
Haitian authorities say the priority is to protect the southern islands of the country, who they described as “for the first time at risk” people, according to the AFP news agency.
Forecasters said up to 38CM (15 ins) of rain could fall in Jamaica and the south of Haiti.
While Hurricane Gilbert hit Jamaica in 1988, and was the last major storm, Hurricane Sandy in the region in 2012.