KINGSTON, Jamaica, Sept. 9 -- Hurricane Ivan bore down relentlessly on this lush Caribbean island Thursday evening, and Jamaicans battened down while officials urged preparations and prayer.
Prime Minister P.J. Patterson appealed for calm a day after the storm, one of the most powerful in a decade, killed at least 20 people and ravaged the island of Grenada. The eye of the hurricane, packing sustained winds of 150 miles an hour, was expected to pass directly over this capital during the day Friday.
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