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.