Hurricane Ivan begins lashing Jamaica, threatens direct hit on capital
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Waves two-stories high crashed on Jamaica's eastern shore Friday, flooding homes and washing away roads as Hurricane Ivan's ferocious winds and pounding rains began to lash the island and threatened a direct hit on its densely populated capital. The death toll elsewhere in the Caribbean rose to 33.
Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson declared a public emergency and pleaded with the half million people considered in danger – about one in five islanders – to get to shelters. Many residents, however, refused to leave, fearing their homes would be robbed if abandoned.
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