Local supermarkets rushed to restock their shelves yesterday in hopes that more Jamaicans would begin to take the threat of Tropical Storm Gustav seriously.

Gustav weakened to a tropical storm over Haiti between Tuesday night and yesterday, but was forecast to become a hurricane as it moved over the warm Caribbean waters between Jamaica and Cuba early this morning.

The Government of Jamaica has dispatched a team of six persons to the Turks and Caicos Islands to provide support in the aftermath of the impact of Hurricane Ike on the islands.

The Turks and Caicos, home to many Jamaicans, was hit by the powerful Category 4 Hurricane Ike on Sunday, destroying more than 80 per cent of the homes. The hurricane, which left the airport under water, downed powerlines and swept away every single boat.

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CDEMA Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. Resilience Way, Lower Estate, St. Michael Tel: (246) 434-4880, Fax: (246) 271-3660
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