Interviewed by Yardflex.
Hurricane Dean thrashed Jamaica on Sunday august 19th as it went on a destructive glide on the islands south coast. The skies began growing dim on Saturday evening while people in Jamaica went about preparing for the category four storm. Ensuring homes were secured and filled with all the necessary provisions, supplies and especially love Jamaicans batted down and got ready.
Approximately 48 hours before Dean's arrival in Jamaica civilians had adopted a casual approach for the most part. Now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dean, Jamaicans are counting their blessings. Although the Jamaican Public Services had the highest reported hurricane preparedness efforts in place, Dean’s effect still caused major damage to the island itself. Here are some post Hurricane Dean messages from artistes that were in the island at the time:
Dancehall DJ Delly Ranks reminisces on what he called a scary experience "I sat in my room and watched everything. I saw tress and light posts being rooted out by heavy winds. Dean sounded like a trailer coming in and sounded like a whistle when he was leaving."
For Jimmy Riley it was his worst ever hurricane experience "I sat and watched it and from where I sat, I saw the breeze in excess of 100 mph. Three windows were destroyed by flying objects (two bedroom windows and the living room window." However he gives thanks for life, his message to the nation is that 'Jah giveth and Jah taketh away. Blessed in the name of Jah.' He added "material things don't matter if it doesn't cause loss of lives."
Bob Andy said Dean went 'lean'. We have been spared, we expected a category five, but it was four when it got to us. "I don't know what Jamaica has done to deserve benevolence but we were to get a beating and we only got a small spanking."
Munga said I was born in a hurricane season so it was just another hurricane for me, so I spent the time being concerned about relatives and close associates. At the end I went to see the damages in and around my community. In a special message to Jamaicans Munga exhorted "Unity is the key. Usually we don't like the terminology 'gang-up' but in this case we do need to 'gang-up' on our problems and help our neighbors."
Judy Mowatt said they did not receive any structural damages. I lost a guinep tree and the guineps were ripe and sweet but giving God thanks. She emphasized that "Self preservation is not always appreciated; this has been proven wrong because whenever persons are faced with disasters like this they usually come together in the real Jamaican way."
Pressure says for him it wasn't a bad experienced as he was well prepared. My family and I were at home and we had lots of food. However I wish too offer condolences to persons who suffered damages. For Pressure this was the strongest hurricane he has witnessed. A native of the British Virgin Islands, he only witnessed two previous hurricanes, Marilyn in 1995 and Hugo in 1989.
"Da one yah flop." The damages I have witnessed are the least of all the hurricanes I have experienced since hurricane Gilbert. I only lost a number of fruit trees. "I think this is a sign that God loves Jamaica and had the hurricane really hit us, we would have been done." Freddy McGregor stated this about his hurricane experience.
Bob Andy said Dean went 'lean'. We have been spared, we expected a category five, but it was four when it got to us. "I don't know what
Jamaica has done to deserve benevolence but we were to get a beating and we only got a small spanking."