Will Dean stay or change the course?

Written by Ross Sheil

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The United States’ National Hurricane Centre (NHC) is projecting that Hurricane Dean will make landfall in Jamaica before 2 p.m. on Sunday, nine days before Election Day, August 27. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has called a meeting of the National Disaster Committee for tomorrow.

In a statement issued by her office today, the Prime Minister said the meeting was necessary to ensure a swift recovery following the storm, which has reached category one status with wind speeds of 90 miles per hour. The NHC has warned that Dean could strengthen into a category three storm by Sunday with winds of up to 130 mph.

The Jamaica Constitution allows for an election date to be delayed by up to¬†30 days¬†following the impact of a natural disaster. You can track the progress of Hurricane Dean via Go-Jamaica’s weather site.

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