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Jamaica: Hurricane Ivan calls to mind Gilbert

(KRT) - KINGSTON, Jamaica - 1988. Hurricane Gilbert.

It was on the mind of every Jamaican in Kingston on Thursday as their nation braced for the deadliest hurricane to hit the Caribbean in a decade.

Jeffrey Cooke, 33, rushed back to his wife and two children waiting for him in his downtown apartment Thursday afternoon.

Yes, Jamaica is used to hurricanes, said Cooke, throwing large bags of groceries into his minivan. But there's something haunting about Ivan, he said. So close to Gilbert, which hit on Sept. 12, 16 years ago, and destroyed the island.

"This is the one I'm concerned about," said Cooke. "It's about the same time. It's taking the path of Gilbert."

Through the day, Ivan strengthened into a Category 5 storm - the most powerful, with 160 mph winds - and was expected to hit Jamaica on Friday.

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