Notes From The Margin

August 21, 2007

Hurricane Dean Damage Assessment Underway – Not As Bad As It Could Have Been

Filed under: Caribbean,Caricom,Cayman Islands,hurricane,Jamaica,meterology — notesfromthemargin @ 1:17 am

On the 19th in our post Hurricane Dean – How Close will it get to Jamaica and Cayman? Maybe not as close as you think

We calculated the point of closest approach to Kingston, Montego Bay and Cayman. At the time it indicated that there was hope that things might not have been as bad as was being projected. With the storm now passed all of these points it would appear that we were right in our assessment. The strongest winds recorded in Grand Cayman were 57mph. Montego Bay did get hurricane force gusts, but it does appear that the storm left things mostly untouched. Kingston and eastern Jamaica have been impacted by hurricane force winds, and the damage assessments are still underway. However having spoken with a number of Jamaicans (who still had phone service) they have indicated that the damage is not as extensive as that experienced with Hurricane Ivan two years ago.

Reuters reports that Hurricane Dean has (so far) failed to trigger the World Bank funded hurricane insurance scheme.

WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Preliminary estimates show that damage caused to Caribbean countries by Hurricane Dean had not triggered new disaster insurance introduced in February by the World Bank, a bank official said on Monday.

The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility aims to give islands immediate cash for rebuilding in the event of hurricanes or earthquakes.

CNN reported (on TV not online) that the situation was calm and that the much feared looting had not materialised, due to the curfew in effect. Also mentions of the situation returning to normal quickly have been very reassuring. Jamaica’s hotel plant in MoBay would seem to be mostly untouched.

 While Jamaica didn’t escape unscathed, it could have been a whole lot worse.



  1. i am very worried because we live in the caribbean and we are getting some of the rain , thunder and lightening. just hope nothing happens

    Comment by Anonymous — August 21, 2007 @ 2:07 pm | Reply

  2. […] Hurricane Dean Damage Assessment Underway – Not As Bad As It Could Have Been On the 19th in our post Hurricane Dean – How Close will it get to Jamaica and Cayman? Maybe not as close as […] […]

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  3. I suspect the persons you spoke to did not live on the South Coast.

    Check the Gleaner and the Observer websites marginal. The South Coast was devastated by Dean. Caribbean Terrace in Kingston has been obliterated. South Clarendon and St. Elizabeth have been severely damaged and the list goes on and on. The North Coast parishes did not receive much damage but there was some minimal damage in Montego Bay.

    Comment by Ann — August 23, 2007 @ 12:34 am | Reply

  4. Hi Ann,

    Glad to see you back online. The post is really predicated on the scenario of what was predicted up to the day before the storm impacted when the centre of the storm was projected to pass right over the centre of Jamaica. I do recognise that there are some areas that have been impacted quite severely(and the pictures attest to this) but the overall picture is not as bad as it could have been.

    Not withstanding any of the above, your point is noted.

    Comment by notesfromthemargin — August 23, 2007 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

  5. I think that it is very terrible, about all the damage it has cost the residents of barbados. I also think that it a very interesting topic to cover. I am doing this for a school project, and I will keep all of the residents in my thoughts.

    Comment by Bailey — September 24, 2008 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

  6. I have been working on a project also, and I think that you guys are very brave to be staying there, despite the fact of the hurricanes that have hit. You Barbadians are my heros. KEEP ROCKIN’ EVERYBODY THERE AND KEEP THE FAITH!!

    Comment by Paige — September 24, 2008 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

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