Jamaicans stocked up on supplies and reinforced roofs on Tuesday ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Sandy, which is expected to hit the Caribbean island of posh resorts and sprawling shantytowns as a hurricane with lashing rain and wind.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the strengthening storm was churning over warm Caribbean waters and should reach Jamaica today, most likely as a Category 1 hurricane. The late-season storm is expected to travel from south to north over the island.
Hurricane conditions were possible in eastern Cuba by tonight. The storm is forecast to pass near but miss the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay.
Although Florida was not expected to receive any direct impact from Sandy, Brian Koon, director of the state's emergency management division, said residents should remain aware of the storm and take precautions to keep themselves safe.