JAMAICANS were last night warned of the possibility of taking a whack from Hurricane Ivan later this week after the storm's roar through the Eastern Caribbean yesterday, leaving a trail of damage in the Windward Islands.
Ivan, which strengthened to a Category Four hurricane last night, was about 20 miles west-south-west of Grenada, or a little over 1,000 miles east-south-southeast of Jamaica, on a track which meteorologists say placed it on course for Jamaica on Thursday or Friday.
It was moving towards the west at about 19 miles an hour and was expected to keep that course into this evening, possibly building further strength as its travels over the warm waters of the central Caribbean Sea, heading towards the north-western Caribbean.
"There is a very strong possibility that we could get a direct hit because the current track would take it (Ivan) directly over Jamaica," Evan Thompson, the head of the Meteorological Office's weather branch, said last night.
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