Hurricane Ivan has roared into Jamaica with huge waves, drenching rains and deadly winds while sporadic shooting has erupted in the streets of the capital as looters have gone on the prowl.
Large trees and poles crashed down in Kingston on Friday, some hitting houses. Ravines running through the city quickly overflowed and flooded streets.
Huge waves pounded the coast around St Thomas in the south-east of the island and a storm surge tore away at least two houses, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency said. Elsewhere, the surge washed away roads.
"It's extremely windy. The whole island is without electricity," said Joseph Robinson, 45, from the British Caribbean territory of Turks and Caicos, as he took shelter in the lobby of a Kingston hotel. "It's going beyond manageable."
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