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Isaac? We’ll wait and see

Friday, August 24, 2012 | 2:04 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Despite the issuing of a Tropical Storm Watch by the Meteorological Office, scores of Jamaicans have adopted a wait-and-see attitude about preparing for Isaac’s arrival.

"We hear about the Tropical Storm but right now we naw rush into anything," a Linstead, St Catherine resident, Garth Roberts, told the Jamaica Observer this morning.

He was supported by colleague Dervan Findley, " We will continue to watch and listen and if we see things get worse we start do some work," said Findley.

In downtown Kingston residents expressed similar sentiments.

"The other day we hear say storm a come and when u check it nothing never happen,” said Sheryl, a vendor.

That position was echoed throughout the Corporate Area this morning as the Observer questioned residents about preparation for the impending storm.

“We might get rain but that’s it, nothing to break the bank about,” commented one Kingston resident. 

The centre of Isaac is forecast to approach the southern coast of Hispaniola today, pass near or over Haiti tonight and move near or over eastern and central Cuba on Saturday and Sunday.

But the met office this morning said that the storm would move closer to the island than originally predicted.

Outbreaks of showers and thunderstorm with strong gusty winds are expected across Jamaica, especially in northern and southeastern parishes this afternoon into tomorrow, the Met office reported in its 12:00 noon bulletin today.

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