JAMAICA: Hurricane

In August, first month of the Caribbean's high-wind season, hurricanes usually trace out tracks north of Jamaica, but last week's hurricane was a little south for August. It roared straight toward Kingston. Warned by a storm tide and a hot, moist atmosphere, Kingston (pop. 250,000) battened down; buses stopped running, movies closed, people stayed home.

The edge of the whirling hurricane crossed Kingston at 9:45 p.m.; for four roaring hours after that, it lashed the city's galvanized iron roofs and clapboard frame houses. Breadfruit, coconuts and avocados rained into the streets. In...

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